The OPP officer said “someone is going to get hurt” before the oncoming freeway. accident 401

As several Durham police cruisers chased a robbery suspect on the wrong side of Highway 401 Monday night, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer shared his concerns, telling the dispatcher: ” “Someone is going to get hurt.”

“We’re on the wrong road. It’s Durham chasing us. The wrong way is to go westbound in the eastbound lanes,” the officer informs the dispatcher. “Several Durham units are going in the wrong direction there.”

A series of radio communications obtained by CTV News Toronto provides a glimpse into the events that unfolded that day, which ended in a six-vehicle collision that left a couple and their young grandson dead. An occupant of the suspect vehicle also died in the accident and another person was seriously injured.

An audio recording captured the moment dispatch advised OPP officers to be on the lookout for a suspect in a robbery that occurred just before 8 p.m. at an LCBO location near Green Road and Highway 2 in Bowmanville.

“Durham (police) reported there was a man inside the LCBO. He attempted to rob the store. He pulled a knife on an off-duty officer,” the dispatcher says.

“Left in vehicle, last seen heading north on 418 from Highway 2.” The dispatcher proceeded to describe the suspect vehicle, a U-Haul, before relaying that the off-duty officer driving a red Honda Odyssey was following it.

The dispatcher later says at least 12 police vehicles with their lights on are chasing the suspect as he continues to flee.

“They’ll call us back if it comes to our area, but they said the OPP probably isn’t needed at this time,” the dispatcher says.

According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is investigating Durham Police’s actions in the collision, officers followed the suspect down numerous streets and continued when he entered the eastbound lanes of westbound Highway 401.

“If we can get through, I just want to make sure the Durham sergeant knows they’re driving in the opposite direction,” an officer is heard telling the dispatcher, who responded, “10-4. We’re calling now.” “

Dashboard camera footage sent to CP24 shows a vehicle in the right lane stopping on the shoulder of the busy highway to avoid a pickup truck moving toward it, as well as a police cruiser, with its lights flashing, chasing the truck.

Shortly after, the officer informs headquarters that a collision has occurred with a transport truck and that the vehicle is stopped.

A driver traveling in the same direction as the chase called the speed of the chase “insane” as they passed him.

“I was hoping someone would cancel it,” Brodie Mills told CTV News Toronto on Tuesday. He reported hearing an explosion, which he believed was the explosion of the gas tank of one of the vehicles.

“I felt it pretty good in my truck. I mean, for how small the car was, it was a pretty big explosion,” he said.

The SIU has assigned five investigators, a forensic investigator and a collision reconstructionist, to the case.

“Every situation is different and as part of the SIU investigation we’re going to investigate the persecution; when it started, where it started, what happened, what constituted the persecution and we’ll look at the policies and things like that,” he said. the SIU spokesperson said Tuesday.

Should the police chase have been called off?

Based on details that have been released about the collision, CTV News security analyst and former OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said it was difficult to understand the police’s actions, especially since it was due to a minor theft.

“It’s pretty hard to justify continuing to pursue like that, that way, under any circumstances,” Lewis said.

He added that it will be interesting to know what happened behind the scenes and why the decision was made to continue pursuing.

“The sergeant or superior, the people in the (communications) center, the senior officers on the road, they can call it off at any time, and the officers have to stop immediately. So if, in fact, that didn’t happen, the big deal “The question is, why wasn’t it canceled, if it happened, and why did it continue?”


With files from Joshua Freeman

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