Waterloo Regional Police officer cleared of wrongdoing in Christmas Eve 2017 collision in downtown Kitchener

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announced Wednesday that it cleared a Waterloo Regional Police officer of wrongdoing in connection to an incident in downtown Kitchener on Christmas Eve last year.

According to the SIU report, the officer spotted a person putting on his seatbelt while driving a U-Haul van on Brubaker Street at Lancaster Street East at around 4:45 p.m.

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The officer then did a u-turn and as he was about to pull the van over, the driver sped off down Hohner Avenue. The officer followed, calling in for backup. The U-Haul reportedly blew through a stop sign at Samuel and Krug streets before striking another vehicle, leaving an 84-year-old woman with a serious injury.

The SIU said there were no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer.

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The SIU is mandated to investigate deaths, serious injuries or allegations of sexual assault involving police officers.

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