South Simcoe Police have laid charges of Theft Under $5,000 and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime against three Toronto men, ages 31, 32 and 40. In addition, the 32-year-old has been charged with 3 counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm and Failure to Stop for Police Causing Bodily Harm.
The pursuit began as police investigated an incident at Tanger Outlet Mall. It ended with the suspect vehicle colliding with a pick-up truck on Highway 88 near Highway 400.
Four people were taken to hospital.
The SIU investigation continues into the police involvement leading up to the collision.
The province’s police watchdog has been called in after four people were sent to hospital near Bradford.
The Special Investigations Unit says the South Simcoe Police began investigating an incident reported at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Cookstown, around 5:30 Tuesday afternoon. Another officer identified a vehicle of interest in the area of 10th Sideroad and 14th Line and began following it. The SIU says the suspect vehicle was soon involved in a crash on Highway 88 near the 400, involving a pickup truck. The 32-year-old driver of the first vehicle, along with his 31- and 38-year-old passengers were taken to hospital with serious injuries, as was the 54-year-old truck driver. All four remain in hospital in stable condition today.
County Road 88 was closed for several hours.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.