SIU Clears Huron OPP Officer
An SIU investigator says there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer with the Huron County OPP detatchment with any criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by an 18-year-old woman and a 17-year-old male in March of this year.
The SIU assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to the case.
On March 26, police received reports of a stolen car and the officer in question and his partner set-up surveillance in a marked OPP cruiser on Main St. in the Town of Seaforth. Around 2:15am, the vehicle in question drove north past the officers’ location and proceeded to make a left turn onto Goderich St. and the subject officer began to follow the Pontiac.
The Pontiac began to accelerate westbound on Goderich St. at which time the subject officer turned on his emergency lights and siren to signal the Pontiac to stop, but the female driver was undeterred. The pursuit continued westbound onto Huron Rd. At Division Ln. the woman turned left and proceeded at speed southbound along the gravel road. The woman lost control of the vehicle and hit a snowbank along the east shoulder of the roadway. The Pontiac rolled over several times before finally coming to rest upright in a field.
Shortly thereafter, the subject officer and his partner arrived at the scene of the collision. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and was badly bruised. The youth, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered a severed tendon and nerve in his right hand. Both complainants were taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment of their injuries.
The SIU says the officer conducted himself well within the limits prescribed by the criminal law and had clear and reasonable grounds to initiate the pursuit and no there are no grounds to proceed with charges.