OPP Officer Will Not Face Charges Following Arrest of Man in Burlington


It has been determined that an OPP officer will not face charges following the arrest of a man in Burlington.

According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), in the early morning hours of June 3, 2018, OPP officers were conducting a RIDE spot check program in the area of the westbound ramp from Fairview Street and Plains Road to the southbound QEW in Burlington.

At around 1:15 a.m., officers stopped a Chevrolet Avalanche pick-up truck.

The male passenger, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was intoxicated at the time. 

The officers determined that the female driver had also been consuming alcohol. And, according to the SIU, she was directed to provide a breath sample into the screening device. 

While police officers were dealing with the driver, the passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to disrupt the test. 

The man was repeatedly told to remain in his vehicle, as it was unsafe for him to be on the roadside on foot.

However, according to the SIU, he continued to exit his vehicle and engage the officers. 

After several interactions with police, and having been told time and again to return to the vehicle, the man was arrested by an officer for being intoxicated in a public place, and for causing a disturbance.

The man was handcuffed and placed into the officer's police vehicle. 

And when the officer shut the police vehicle door, the man sustained an injury to his left foot.  

The man was transported to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had a fractured left foot. 

He was released from the hospital without the necessity of any further treatment and was prescribed Tylenol for pain.

Now, the Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in this case.

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