PETERBOROUGH-The provinces Special Investigations Unit has cleared a Peterborough Police Service officer after a 30-year-old man was seriously injured during his arrest following an alleged high-speed chase.
The Siu Director stated: “The Complainant was subject to arrest at the time of the dog bites. The Subject Officer had reason to believe that he had been involved in a number of motor vehicle collisions at a parkade, and the officer was present in the vehicle struck by the Complainant as he accelerated southward on Aylmer Street trying to avoid police apprehension.
With respect to the use of the dog by the SO, I am satisfied that it constituted legally justified force. The Complainant had just led the officer on a high-speed pursuit during which he had disregarded traffic control signals. Having crashed his vehicle against a fence in the area of Morrow Park, he remained undeterred, exiting his vehicle and continuing his flight on foot. In the circumstances, I am unable to fault the SO for releasing his dog when the Complainant, despite being warned of the dog’s use, continued to run away. The Complainant’s escape was a real possibility but for the use of the dog, and there was some urgency in apprehending him given his reckless driving to that point. The dog did as it was trained to do – it caught up with the Complainant and bit and held him down pending the arrival of officers.”
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