Toronto Police Officer Charged

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has caused a criminal charge to be laid against a
Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer for a collision that occurred on October
5, 2006.
    At approximately 8:32 p.m. that evening, a TPS officer driving a marked
cruiser was responding to a 911 weapons call at Markham and Ellesmere Roads.
The officer was traveling westbound on Ellesmere Road when it collided with an
eastbound car in the area of Ellesmere and Military Trail. As a result of the
collision, the 40-year-old female driver of the civilian car suffered multiple
fractures. Her 10-year-old daughter who was also in the car was not injured.
    Based on the evidence from the SIU investigation, Director Cornish
concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Peter Eckersall of
the TPS committed the criminal offence of dangerous driving causing bodily
harm, contrary to section 249(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
    A summons has been issued requiring Mr. Eckersall to appear at the
Ontario Court of Justice in Scarborough on July 20, 2007 to answer to the
charge. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General has
carriage of the prosecution.
    As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair
trial interests of the charged officers and the community, the SIU will make
no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

    The SIU is a civilian government agency that investigates circumstances
involving police and civilians, which have resulted in serious injury or
death. Under Section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU
has the authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the
findings of an investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the
Attorney General.

For further information:

For further information: Rose Bliss, SIU Communications, UES, Telephone
(416) 622-2342 or 1-800-787-8529

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