SIU investigating after vehicle hits 2 OPP officers, prompting highway chase

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after three people were injured early Friday in an incident that involved a pursuit by the Ontario Provincial Police and a crash in northwest Toronto.

Vehicle went through ride check at Highway 410 and Queen Street, 3 injured in all

Emergency crews attend to a person on stretcher following a police chase of a vehicle. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after three people were injured early Friday in an incident that involved a pursuit by the Ontario Provincial Police and a crash in northwest Toronto.

The chase began in Brampton and ended in Toronto.

About 2 a.m., a vehicle went through a RIDE check operated by the OPP in the area of Queen Street and Highway 410 in Brampton, the Special Investigations Unit said in a news release. 

The vehicle struck two Ontario Provincial Police officers, the SIU said. One suffered minor injuries.

Police pursued the vehicle, until it crashed at Kipling Avenue and Steeles Avenue West in Etobicoke. The vehicle, an SUV, went through a chain-link fence on a dead-end street. 
A police officer tapes off the scene following a police chase of a vehicle that ended in a crash with injuries. Three people were injured in all during the incident. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

According to the OPP, the SUV was stolen.

The SIU said two men, aged 37 and 25, both in the vehicle, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. 

Toronto paramedics said they took the two men from the scene to a trauma centre. 

One police officer, meanwhile, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to the OPP.  

Four investigators, three forensic investigators and one investigator who will reconstruct the crash have been assigned to this incident.

"The investigators will interview anyone who may have information about what transpired,"  SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon told CBC Toronto.

"They will investigate to see what police were doing, whether it was a pursuit or not, and basically, any actions that were taken."

The Special Investigations Unit investigates all reports involving police where there is death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. 
An SUV that was being pursued by the OPP crashed through a chain-link fence near Kipling Avenue and Steeles Avenue West before coming to rest here. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

With files from The Canadian Press