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No Charges in Brantford Motorcycle Crash

Case Number: 21-OVI-097   

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SIU Investigating Motorcycle Collision in Brantford

Mississauga, ON (29 July, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit has found there are no grounds to charge a Brantford Police Service officer after a man he attempted to stop was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in March 2021.

On March 31, 2021, the officer followed a driver as there was a warrant for his arrest on robbery charges. The pursuit came to end when the man lost control of his motorcycle, entered oncoming traffic and was thrown from the bike. Paramedics took the man to hospital where he was diagnosed with fractures to his left leg and hand.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no basis for criminal charges in this case and closed the file.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

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
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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