Cop cleared of chase that ends with crash into Mississauga city bus


Published May 14, 2024 at 9:49 pm

Ontario, Mississauga, Peel Police, SIU, crash, SUV, wrongdoing
The Special Investigations Unit found no reasonable grounds to believe a Peel Regional Police officer committed a criminal offence following a collision that resulted in the serious injury of a male teenager in Mississauga earlier this year. SIU PHOTOS

The Ontario Special Investigations unit (SIU) has cleared a Peel cop of any wrongdoing after a police chase that resulted in the serious injury of a male teenager who was operating a stolen SUV back in January.

The incident, which occurred on Jan. 15 in Mississauga around 4:38 a.m., resulted in the serious injury of the 18-year-old teenager after the stolen vehicle collided with a Mississauga city bus.

Two officers began to pursue the stolen vehicle on Highway 403 before the driver collided with a city bus on at Dixie Road and Burnhamthorpe Road East.

Director of the SIU Joseph Martino’s investigation into the collision found he was “satisfied” the officer handled himself well behind the wheel in the chase.

“With respect to the subject official’s manner of driving, Director Martino was satisfied the officer comported himself with due care and regard for public safety, said the SIU in a release on Tuesday night (May 14). “He said his speeds were high at times but never protracted, and the traffic was light, and roads were dry.”

Martino also noted that there was no indication that the Peel cop unduly pushed the complainant. The officer hit speeds on the highway as high as 130 km/h to keep up with the stolen SUV.

“Both officers were well back of the SUV at the time – about 200 metres and 20 seconds,” added the conclusion. “Officers assisted in extricating the driver from the SUV, which had caught fire.”

The injured male teenager was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital and diagnosed with fractures of the left femur, face, and spine.

Ontario, Mississauga, Peel Police, SIU, investigation, crash, SUV, bus

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