News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted Against Officer in Relation to Mississauga Collision

Case Number: 22-TVI-109   

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Mississauga, ON (11 August, 2022) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a collision in April that resulted in a 24-year-old man suffering a serious injury.

On the evening of April 12, 2022, motorists contacted 911 to report a man who was exhibiting bizarre and violent behaviour on public roadways. The man jumped onto vehicles and threatened the driver of a Volvo with a shovel, thereafter carjacking the car and accelerating away eastbound on Burnhamthorpe Road. The man continued before crashing into a cube truck, after which he exited the Volvo, commandeered the truck, and continued eastbound on Burnhamthorpe Road. In a eight to nine kilometre span, the man rammed into multiple vehicles. Westbound on The Queensway, the man rear-ended a vehicle. The man continued a short distance south on Dixie Road before his vehicle stalled and came to a stop. He was taken into custody. An occupant of the vehicle that had been rear-ended was taken to hospital from the scene and diagnosed with a fracture of the right arm.

The subject official in this case, operating a police SUV, had kept pace with the cube van west and, eventually, south on North Queen Street until The Queensway, and then west to Dixie Road and south to the scene of the arrest. Director Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer transgressed the limits of care prescribed by the criminal law throughout his engagement with the vehicle being followed. There was no basis for proceeding with charges in this case, and the file has been closed.

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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES