No charges against Halton officer after suspect injured in Georgetown


Published July 22, 2022 at 2:05 pm

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The provincial body that looks into potential police misconduct has dismissed its investigation into a regional police incident in Halton Hills.

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe any Halton Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injury suffered by a 28-year-old man in a collision.

According to the SIU report, in the early hours of March 24, 2022, the man was with two others in a stolen SUV in the area of Roydon Place and Rosefield Drive in Georgetown when approached by police officers in several cruisers.

Police responded after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a home of people trying to break into a mailbox.

The same individuals were also believed to have been involved in a robbery at a Circle K store nearby.

Officers attempted to use their cruisers to block the SUV in the dead-end street. The man who ended up suffering the injury was driving the SUV, mounted the curb and tried to flee, striking a concrete light standard. Police arrested the man and his associates. The man was diagnosed with a fractured left clavicle from the collision.

Martino found no evidence to establish that any of the officers involved in the pursuit of the man transgressed the limits of care prescribed by the criminal law.

Accordingly, there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been closed.

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