SIU says “nothing to investigate” after woman fractured ankle following traffic stop north of Barrie

Injury sustained in crash that happened after traffic stop

The Special Investigations Unit has cleared provincial police of culpability after a woman fractured her ankle in an apparent attempt to evade arrest.

On April 24, 2021, police pulled a vehicle over for stunt driving on Highway 11 at Highway 93 in Oro-Medonte. Police say when they told the 21-year-old woman behind the wheel she was being arrested for drug-related offences she fled the scene in her vehicle. The officer reported what happened, but didn’t give chase.

A short time later, police received reports the woman was involved in a serious crash but was able to exit her vehicle, leave the scene, and get an Uber to pick her up. Police pulled the Uber vehicle over and arrested the woman, after which she was diagnosed with a fractured ankle.

“Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, I am satisfied that there is patently nothing to investigate as far as the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned in connection with the woman’s injury,” said SIU Director Joseph Martino. “On this record, it is apparent at this time that no police officer caused or contributed to the woman’s injury in any manner that could conceivably attract criminal sanction. Accordingly, the file is closed.”