The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says there was no wrong doing after a York Regional Police officer took on a high speed pursuit.
In the incident, which took place around 2:00 A.M. on December 20th, 2015, the vehicle being pursued by police crashed into a ditch and killed the driver.
The accident began when the police officer, parked in a shopping plaza at Ringwood Road and Main Street in Whitchurch-Stouffville, observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed.
The officer pursuited the vehicle on Highway 48 at a speed of 145km/h (in a posted 80 km/h zone), and was ultimately not able to catch up to the vehicle.
Not long after the speeding suspect car lost control, crossed two lanes of the road, rolled, and slammed into an embankment at Vandorf Sideroad.
A post-mortem examination determined that the man died from massive head trauma. Toxicological analysis revealed a blood alcohol concentration of 228 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood—approaching three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. The driver also had cocaine and marijuana in his system.
The SIU investigation included interviews with four witness officers and 11 civilians. It also included detailed collision reconstruction analysis,
review of police radio communications, in-camera video from the subject officer’s cruiser, and review of video captured by Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras nearby.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.