SIU Investigation and Appeal for Witnesses in Elgin County

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
investigating the serious injuries suffered by three people in a collision
involving the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) near Chatham on February 10,
    At approximately 8:00 p.m. on February 10, 2009 an OPP officer was
following a vehicle with four occupants that had been reported to be driving
erratically westbound on Highway 401 near Dutton. The vehicle eventually
exited the highway onto Orford Road, followed by the OPP cruiser.
    The vehicle left the roadway from Orford Road and rolled into a ditch at
the T-intersection at Selton Line. One female and two male occupants of the
vehicle were transported by ambulance to hospital with non-life-threatening
fractures. The fourth female occupant did not suffer serious injuries.
    The SIU has assigned six investigators, including two forensic
investigators, to investigate the incident.
    SIU investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision at
Orford Road and Selton Line, or anyone who may have seen a vehicle being
driven erratically westbound on Highway 401 between Dutton and Orford Road at
approximately 8:00 p.m. last night, to contact the Unit immediately at
416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529, extension 2038.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.

For further information:

For further information: Kaia Werbus, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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