The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the injury sustained by 49-year-old Thanh Huynh in a July 2012 incident in Mississauga. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.
The SIU investigation (Case Number: 12-OVI-193) determined that on July 7, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., an officer was traveling south on Tomken Road in an unmarked police vehicle. At the intersection of Tomken Road and Bloor Street, the officer’s vehicle collided with a vehicle operated by Mr. Huynh. Mr. Huynh was taken to the Mississauga Trillium Health Centre and diagnosed with a fractured left hand.
As a result of the SIU investigation, PRP Constable Ufuk Ciftci is facing one charge of Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 249 (3) of the Criminal Code of Canada:
Causing Bodily Harm by Criminal Negligence (Street Racing)
249.3 Everyone who by criminal negligence causes bodily harm to another person while street racing is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.
- 2006, c. 14, s. 2.
The officer is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 7755 Hurontario Street in Brampton on October 23, 2012. The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.
Charged is Peel Police Constable Ufuk Ciftci, who is expected appear in court on October 23, 2012 in Brampton.
As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.
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. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
- consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
- depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
- report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.