‘Nothing to investigate’ after Uxbridge man cuts leg after police chase

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Published February 3, 2023 at 1:31 pm

SIU investigates after Brampton pedestrian struck by police car

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has found there is “nothing to investigate” after a man cut his leg during his arrest following a police chase through Uxbridge.

Early in the morning on Dec. 18, Durham Regional Police officers began their day by chasing a Honda Civic through Uxbridge. Inside the car were the driver and the passenger, a 32-year-old man.

Officers used a tire deflation device in an attempt to end the chase. However, despite losing a tire, the driver of the Civic barrelled on.

The pursuing cops soon broke off the case, but a police helicopter continued to track the Civic. The chopper followed the Civic, which continued at high speed for another 20 kilometres on three tires.

Eventually, the Civic crashed into a ditch near Brock Rd. and Hwy. 47.

According to the SIU, the driver and the passenger fled the Civic into the brush by the road to hide. Officers, alerted by the helicopter overhead, quickly arrived at the crash site.

They soon located the passenger and ordered him to approach them. As the passenger worked his way toward the cops, he slashed his leg open on a wire fence.

Officers radioed for paramedics to come to take the man to a local hospital to treat the 10-centimetre cut.

After reviewing the passenger’s medical records and video evidence of the cut, SIU director Joseph Martino decided to close the investigation.

He decided, “It was plain that nothing the police did, or failed to do, caused or contributed to the man’s cut in any way that could attract criminal sanction.”

“There being patently nothing to investigate as far as the officers’ potential criminal liability was concerned, the file has been closed,” Martino said.

 

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