Officer cleared in Haldimand County crash

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An OPP officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation into a crash last Nov. 17 in Haldimand County.

“It is plain and obvious that the officer did nothing to cause or contribute to the collision other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Joseph Martino, director of the province’s Special Investigations Unit. “In contrast to the complainant, he (the officer) was driving carefully at speeds well below the speed limit when he was suddenly confronted by a pickup truck barrelling in his direction.

“Accordingly, there are no grounds to proceed with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.”.

The SIU said the crash happened on Haldimand County Road 9 when the 30-year-old male driver of a pickup truck crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit the OPP cruiser head-on. The truck’s driver broke his leg and the officer broke his sternum and had facial injuries. Both were taken to hospital by paramedics.

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The driver was charged with impaired driving.

Investigators from the SIU interviewed five citizen witnesses and seven police witnesses.

The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency that investigates incidents involving police officers where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

If, after an investigation, there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence was committed, the SIU director has the authority to lay a criminal charge against the officer.

Alternatively, in all cases where no reasonable grounds exist, the director does not lay criminal charges but files a report with the Attorney General communicating the results of an investigation.

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