OPP tight-lipped on dangerous collision allegedly involving officer

On Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, a damaged police vehicle can be seen in the parking lot at the Lennox and Addington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment in Napanee. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

“Would [news of] an OPP cruiser, being driven by a sergeant, striking a vehicle at almost double the speed limit get a lot of attention?” This question was posed by a concerned citizen and, given the lack of response from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the answer from their perspective seems to be no: there has been no public news release on the alleged incident, and no answers provided when pressed by the media.

On Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, Kingstonist received a report from a concerned citizen that the day before, OPP officers had been involved in a dangerous motor vehicle collision allegedly caused by one of their own.

Since that time, additional sources have relayed the same information: that on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, two OPP officers had a civilian vehicle stopped on Highway 401, east of Odessa. A third officer — a sergeant who was allegedly observed to be driving “nearly double the speed limit” — then attended the “traffic stop already being taken care of,” and “hit another vehicle before colliding with a police cruiser and came very close to striking two police officers.”

For over a week, Kingstonist has contacted OPP communications on numerous occasions in an attempt to verify the facts surrounding this story, but has received no answer confirming or denying the allegations.

Meanwhile, OPP cruiser 3-523 has been sitting severely damaged in the parking lot at the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment in Napanee. Whether this was one of the vehicles involved in the reported incident, the OPP still have not verified.

According to sources, two OPP constables were conducting a traffic stop for alleged contraband cigarettes when they were nearly hit by an OPP sergeant approaching in another cruiser. Kingstonist has learned the name of this sergeant, but has chosen to withhold it due to lack of confirmation. Without the OPP willing to address this situation with Kingstonist, we have been unable to confirm these details.

The same sources (who will remain anonymous) allege that only the day before, the same sergeant had been charged in a separate motor vehicle collision. That collision happened, it is alleged, when the sergeant pulled a U-turn in a rush to get back to the detachment to deal with a computer issue when he struck another vehicle.

Airbags can be seen to have deployed in the damaged vehicle 3-523. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), an arm’s-length, civilian organization that investigates police-involved activity resulting in serious injury, death, the discharge of a firearm at a person or an allegation of sexual assault, does not list any active investigations involving the L&A County OPP in their database. Kingstonist has inquired with the SIU as to whether they might be investigating this incident. No response was received by time of publication.

This is a developing story with more to come.

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