Halton Police charge Niagara officer alleging he failed to remain at accident scene in St. Catharines


Published March 9, 2023 at 5:23 pm

After handing the investigation over to the Halton Police, a Niagara officer has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident in St. Catharines on Feb. 7.

Niagara Police were called to the scene in the Niagara St. and Welland Ave. area of the city and discovered one of their unmarked cars had been allegedly involved in a collision but was not still on the scene.

To avoid any perceived conflict of interest, they brought in the Halton Police to continue the investigation.

Today (March 9), Halton Police charged Niagara Region Constable Chris Rawson with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

He was released from custody and is scheduled for a July 2 date at the courthouse in St. Catharines.

Rawson, who was off duty at the time of the accident, has been an officer with the Niagara force for 23 years. In accordance with the Police Services Act of Ontario, he has been suspended with pay.

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