Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SIU Clears OPP Officer in Fatal Motorcycle Pursuit in Alliston, Ont

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

SIU Clears OPP Officer in Fatal Motorcycle Pursuit in Alliston, Ont

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SIU clears cop in fatal motorcycle pursuit

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The Special Investigations Unit says a provincial police officer won't face charges following a pursuit that left a 35-year-old motorcyclist dead.

The police watchdog agency says OPP received a call on June 20, 2015, from an Alliston, Ont., bar manager who reported an intoxicated patron had left on a motorcycle.

An officer located the motorcycle at a second establishment and activated her vehicle's emergency lights when the man left the bar and walked towards his motorcycle.

The man sped off and the officer started a pursuit.

Less than a minute later, the man crashed the motorcycle into two cement road partitions and died of major trauma suffered in the collision.

The SIU says the officer was acting in the course of her lawful duties and exercised a level of care in the ensuing pursuit that fell well within the limits prescribed by the criminal law. …

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