The provincial Special Investigations Unit has cleared a Hamilton police officer of any wrongdoing in connection with a high-speed motorcycle chase and crash on the Red Hill Valley Parkway last year.
On the evening of Aug. 29, 2013, an officer was parked in his cruiser on the centre median of the parkway checking for speeders, the SIU says. That’s when he saw a man on a motorcycle blow by him going 142 km/h, which is 52 km/h above the posted speed limit.
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The officer flipped on his lights and pursued the motorcycle, but the driver wouldn’t stop, the SIU says. As the driver was heading onto the Barton Street off-ramp, he slammed into the guardrail.
The 20-year-old driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
“There is no indication that the officer’s conduct unduly fueled the complainant’s reckless driving,” said Tony Loparco, SIU director. “The complainant had been speeding prior to the officer’s involvement and stated to SIU investigators that he did not actually see the cruiser or the lights of the cruiser behind him, although he assumed it must have been there.”
An SIU collision reconstructionist reported the motorcycle was going about 10 km/h too fast to make the curve on the off-ramp safely. There was also no evidence of contact between the police cruiser and the motorcycle.
“Further to this, the evidence suggests the complainant had sufficient time and space to bring his vehicle to a safe stop,” Loparco said. “In the final analysis, the complainant has only himself to blame for losing control of his motorcycle and suffering injuries in the process.”
“Accordingly, there are no reasonable grounds, in my view, to believe that the subject officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the injuries sustained by the complainant.”
Investigators interviewed two civilian witnesses about what they saw that night, says an SIU news release. The officer also agreed to be interviewed for the investigation.
The SIU is called in any time there has been a death, serious injury or allegations sexual assault involving a police officer.