Officers with the Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will face no charges in relation to a 2021 accident west of L’Orignal that left a teenager injured.
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Mississauga, Joseph Martino, determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that Hawkesbury OPP officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the pursuit of a 17-year-old male driver.
On April 12, 2021, a youth was seriously injured in a rollover crash on the gravel shoulder of County Road 17, west of L’Orignal, after the OPP disengaged a brief police pursuit. Martino concluded the two officers involved were in the lawful discharge of their duty to stop the driver.
The youth was operating a stolen vehicle and there were grounds to believe he had committed a criminal offence. Martino found no evidence to suggest police caused or contributed to the crash.
The two OPP officers “were in the lawful discharge of their duty as they each embarked on their respective efforts to stop the Complainant,” Martino wrote in his decision. “The Complainant was operating a stolen vehicle and there were grounds to believe he had committed a criminal offence.”
“I am satisfied that the officers comported themselves with due care and regard for public safety.”
The full Director’s Report is available at the following link: https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=1494
The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians.
Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid and publicly report the results of its investigations.