The Special Investigations Unit has cleared a Brockville police officer of any criminal wrongdoing after a 37-year-old motorcyclist was injured in August.

On the afternoon of Aug. 18, the Brockville police officer was sitting in an unmarked police vehicle on Abbott Street talking with residents when he noticed a motorcycle driving "erratically" westbound.

The motorcyclist then turned onto Elm Street into a construction zone.

"Unable to enter into the construction zone, the subject officer attempted to locate the motorcycle as it emerged from the construction zone by driving along parallel roads in the area," said an SIU media release.

"The officer eventually came across the downed motorcyclist on Brock Street."

Three witness officers and seven civilian witnesses were interviewed, as well as the officer involved. 

'Motorcyclist author of his own misfortune'

"The officer was well within his rights to attempt to investigate the motorcyclist, having just witnessed what appeared to be unsafe driving," said SIU director Tony Loparco.

"All of the independent evidence in the case indicates that the subject officer was not in pursuit of the motorcycle at the time of the incident; at no point does it appear the officer activated his emergency lights and siren, or operated his vehicle in a dangerous or reckless fashion. The evidence suggests the motorcyclist drove at excessive speeds through the uneven terrain of the construction zone, lost control and was thrown from his motorcycle as he approached Dales Avenue on Brock Street.

"In the end, the motorcyclist was entirely the author of his own misfortune."

The SIU investigates cases of serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault involving police in Ontario.