SIU: Police Conduct Several Errors in Chase of Motorist Talking on Cellphone That Ends in Horrific Injuries – SIU Refuse to Charge Officer in Pursuit

Update:

Police conducted a high speed pursuit when a motorist was allegedly observed using a cellphone while driving, a ticket worth $155.00.  As a result of the high speed chase, in which, according to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), several errors were made by the officer conducting the chase, several people suffered serious injuries, as well as property damage.  The SIU decided not to lay charges against the officer, but did note all the mistakes made by police.
Police conducted a high speed pursuit on February 13, 2013 when a motorist was allegedly observed using a cellphone while driving, a ticket worth $155.00. As a result of the high speed chase, in which, according to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), several errors were made by the officer conducting the chase, several people suffered serious injuries, as well as property damage. The SIU decided not to lay charges against the officer, but did note all the mistakes made by police.

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The Special Investigations Unit says while an officer “had the lawful authority” to chase a driver on a cellphone, he made errors that Toronto police “should consider” in their internal investigation.

Ontario’s police watchdog won’t charge an officer who chased a motorist caught talking on his cellphone, a pursuit in which the driver crushed a cyclist’s leg, damaged property, crashed into another vehicle and terrified passersby.

Special Investigations Unit director Ian Scott said while the officer “had the lawful authority to initiate” the chase under the circumstances, he made several errors that Toronto police “should consider” in their internal investigation.

The Feb. 13 chase began in the Bathurst and Front Sts. area when the officer noticed a man at the wheel of a silver Infiniti talking on a phone while driving north.

Do Not Use Cellphone Signage
Do Not Use Cellphone Signage

According to the SIU, the officer activated the cruiser’s siren and the Infiniti briefly pulled over to the curb near Adelaide St. It then sped off northbound and, seconds later, was nearly involved in a crash with an SUV.

The Infiniti then sped along Bathurst through a red light at Richmond St., as did the police car.

The Infiniti drove north in the southbound lanes in hopes of escape, the police cruiser following suit, and they both turned right onto Queen. (The cruiser’s top speed was reached on Queen: 69 km/h.)

After they both briefly drove the wrong way on Queen, “the Infiniti entered the intersection at Augusta Ave. against a red traffic signal and collided with a northbound Honda Civic,” the SIU said in a news release.

The Infiniti then struck a street lamp on the northeast corner of the intersection. At that point, the driver fled on foot, with police behind.

The Infiniti had also struck a 23-year-old female cyclist at the corner. “We all thought she was dead. When the car hit her she really went flying,” a witness said at the time.

“One person helped keep the woman upright on her bike as the strangers worked together to push the disabled car off her leg.”

Property of Ontario Motor Vehicle Tickets“The poor woman’s leg was crushed,” a passerby said at the time.

The SIU said the cyclist suffered a fractured tibia, while the 49-year-old driver of the Honda fractured his clavicle in the collision.

In citing the officer’s errors, Scott said that in his view the pursuit should have been discontinued before the collision at Queen and Augusta. He said running the red light was a mistake.

A Toronto police spokesperson could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

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4 comments

  1. Was the car stolen? What was the motivation, just avoiding the ticket? Was the driver caught? Did the woman “go flying”, or was she under “the disabled car”?

    Crappy reporting there, TheStar. A story with all that is written to be about “distracted driving”. Here is the press release the story was written from-
    http://www.siu.on.ca/en/news_template.php?nrid=1615

    From the limited information, the officer seems overzealous in pursuit, endangering and harming the public.

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