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OPP officer charged with perjury, criminal negligence

Postby Thomas » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:14 pm

OPP officer charged with perjury, criminal negligence causing bodily harm in connection to ATV crash in Dawn-Euphemia

An OPP officer faces perjury and criminal negligence charges following an investigation by Ontario's police watchdog into an ATV crash in Dawn-Euphemia last summer.

Members of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested OPP Const. Sean Coughlan Friday after SIU director Tony Loparco determined charges should be laid against the officer following the agency's investigation into the crash.

Coughlan has been charged with two counts of perjury, two counts of obstructing justice, and one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and obstructing a police officer, according to an SIU release Friday.

Coughlan was released from custody Friday on an undertaking given to a peace officer. He is expected to appear in Sarnia court Feb. 28.

All of the charges laid against Coughlan stem from a collision last June when Coughlan was working at Lambton OPP's Petrolia detachment.

On the evening of June 22, 2016, the SIU says, a 24-year-old man was driving an ATV when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

After the crash, Lambton OPP reported at the time an officer on patrol that night had come across a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Bilton Line in Dawn-Euphemia.

The officer then continued the patrol and discovered an ATV already rolled over into the south ditch of Bilton Line, police said at the time.

The ATV driver – who was lying on the roadway – had life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, according to police.

OPP technical traffic collision investigators were called to the scene of the crash. Bilton Road, between Annett and Kerry roads, was closed for several hours to allow for an investigation into the cause of the collision.

In its press release Friday, the SIU stated it will not be making any further comments about the case in the interests of ensuring a fair trial for the accused.

The SIU is an arm's-length agency that investigates reports involving police that result in death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

http://www.theobserver.ca/2017/02/03/op ... n-euphemia

http://www.lfpress.com/2017/02/03/opp-o ... n-euphemia
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Police watchdog charges southern Ontario police officer

Postby Thomas » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:16 pm

Police watchdog charges southern Ontario police officer with perjury, criminal negligence

Charges relate to ATV crash in June that injured 24-year-old man. The Special Investigations Unit declined to release details.


A southern Ontario OPP officer has been charged with perjury and criminal negligence in connection with an ATV crash in June, the province’s police watchdog said Friday.

The charges are related to an ATV crash that happened north of Chatham-Kent, in the Dawn-Euphemia area, on the evening of June 22, 2016.

The 24-year-old man who was driving the ATV was seriously hurt in the collision, the Special Investigations Unit said.

The officer, who worked at the Lambton County Petrolia OPP detachment, is charged with one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, one count of obstructing a peace officer, two counts of perjury and two counts of obstructing justice.

Spokesperson Monica Hudon said the SIU won’t release any more details on what happened or what the OPP officer is specifically alleged to have done as the case is now before the courts.

Hudon declined to say when the SIU began investigating the case.

The crash happened on Bilton Line, in the Dawn-Euphemia Township, local news site CKReview reported the next day.

OPP said, at the time, an officer patrolling the road at around 8:30 p.m. saw a vehicle moving eastbound at a high speed. When the officer followed, they found an ATV rolled over into a ditch and the driver lying on the roadway, CKReview reported.

It’s unclear if the officer from the reports is the one now facing charges from the SIU.

OPP Const. Sean Coughlan was arrested Friday by the SIU, and released on an undertaking given to a police officer. He’ll appear in court in Sarnia on Feb. 28.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/0 ... gence.html
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OPP OFFICER CHARGED AFTER DAWN-EUPHEMIA ATV CRASH

Postby Thomas » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:20 pm

A Lambton OPP officer has been charged after an ATV crash back in June in Dawn-Euphemia.

Officials with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says Const. Sean Coughlan was working at the Lambton County Petrolia Detachment at the time of the incident.

The SIU investigation revealed that in the evening hours of June 22, 2016, a 24-year-old man was operating an all-terrain vehicle. Sometime later, the man was involved in a motor vehicle collision and sustained serious injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, Coughlan is now facing one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, one count of obstruct peace officer, two counts of perjury, and two counts of obstruct justice.

Const. Coughlan was arrested today by members of the SIU and subsequently released on an undertaking given to a peace officer.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia on February 28.

The SIU will make no further comment in consideration of the fair trial interests.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2017/02/03/op ... atv-crash/
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SIU charges OPP officer with 6 counts arising from collision

Postby Thomas » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:21 pm

SIU charges OPP officer with 6 counts arising from June 2016 collision

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A provincial police officer is facing six charges arising from a collision last year between a vehicle and an all-terrain vehicle in Dawn-Euphemia, Ont., north of Chatham-Kent.

The Special Investigations Unit says a 24-year-old man was operating an ATV on the evening of June 22, 2016, and suffered serious injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle.

The police watchdog agency says Const. Sean Coughlan was arrested Friday following an investigation.

The SIU says Coughlan is charged with one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and obstructing a peace officer, and two counts each of perjury and obstructing justice.

Coughlan was released and is to appear in court in Sarnia, Ont., on Feb. 28.

The SIU is an arm's length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

http://www.pentictonherald.ca/news/nati ... b1305.html

http://www.citynews.ca/2017/02/03/siu-c ... collision/
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OPP officer facing 6 charges, SIU says

Postby Thomas » Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:24 pm

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A provincial police officer is facing six charges arising from a collision last year between a vehicle and an all-terrain vehicle in Dawn-Euphemia, Ont., north of Chatham-Kent.

The Special Investigations Unit says a 24-year-old man was operating an ATV on the evening of June 22, 2016, and suffered serious injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle.

The police watchdog agency says Const. Sean Coughlan was arrested Friday following an investigation.

The SIU says Coughlan is charged with one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and obstructing a peace officer, and two counts each of perjury and obstructing justice.

Coughlan was released and is to appear in court in Sarnia, Ont., on Feb. 28.

The SIU is an arm's length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

By The Canadian Press

http://www.sachem.ca/news-story/7101550 ... -siu-says/
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Constable faces charges of perjury, obstructing justice

Postby Thomas » Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:00 pm

The case of an OPP officer facing perjury and criminal negligence charges following an investigation by Ontario's police watchdog into a June 2016 ATV crash was adjourned Monday to March 28.

The adjournment, that did not require OPP Const. Sean Coughlan to appear in court, will permit ongoing discussions between the Crown and defence lawyers.

Members of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested Coughlan after SIU director Tony Loparco determined charges should be laid against the officer following the agency's investigation into the crash.

Coughlan has been charged with two counts of perjury, two counts of obstructing justice, and one count each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and obstructing a police officer, according to an SIU release.

All of the charges laid against Coughlan stem from a collision last June when the police constable was working at Lambton OPP's Petrolia detachment.

On the evening of June 22, 2016, the SIU says, a 24-year-old man was driving an ATV when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

After the crash, Lambton OPP reported at the time that an officer on patrol that night had come across a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Bilton Line in Dawn-Euphemia.

The officer then continued the patrol and discovered an ATV already rolled over into the south ditch of Bilton Line, police said at the time.

The ATV driver - who was lying on the roadway - had life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, according to police.

OPP technical traffic collision investigators were called to the scene of the crash. Bilton Road, between Annett and Kerry roads, was closed for several hours to allow for an investigation into the cause of the collision.

The SIU is an arm's-length agency that investigates reports involving police that result in death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

http://www.theobserver.ca/2017/02/28/co ... ng-justice
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