No Charges in Two Separate SIU Investigations
The province's Special Investigations Unit is not laying any charges against an OPP officer whose cruiser was rear-ended on the 401.
On December 23, 2017 the officer had pulled to the eastbound shoulder near the Tilbury exit to help with a pickup truck that had gone into the ditch.
The cruiser's emergency lights had been activated, as were those on an OPP SUV that had also pulled to the shoulder of the highway.
A vehicle slammed into the rear of the stopped police car just before 3 pm.
The officer, who was in the cruiser, sustained minor injuries.
Three of the five people in the vehicle that struck the cruiser were also seriously hurt.
The SIU report indicates the officer in the cruiser that was struck had done nothing wrong.
The driver of the SUV that hit the police car claimed he had an eyelash in his eye and veered to the shoulder while trying to clear it.
The SIU determined that charges should be laid against that driver for failing to move over near and emergency vehicle.
(Photo courtesy of @SIUOntario via Twitter)
Meanwhile, in a separate unrelated investigation, the province's police watchdog has concluded an investigation in Amherstburg without any charges being laid.
On November 30, 2018, Amherstburg police were doing traffic control on Sandwich St. because of a fire when someone approached police and told them a man was damaging property.
An officer yelled at the suspect who fled.
When the suspect went to jump a fence, his foot got caught on the top railing of the fence and he fell.
He continued to run away but was later located and arrested. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a pelvis injury.
Director of the Special Investigations Unit Tony Loparco says 'although the man spoke briefly with investigators, he declined to participate in the SIU's investigation. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident."