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SIU says injury driver suffered jumping from stolen truck was self-inflicted

Man fractured leg after jumping from stolen truck that ended up in the ditch on Townline Road in May
An investigator from the Special Investigations Unit walks past a transport truck that went off Townline Road on Wednesday after it was stolen.

The province's Special Investigations Unit says a man who was injured after he jumped out of the driver's seat of a stolen truck on Townline Road while being pursued by police is responsible for his own injuries.

The director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, says the he terminated an investigation into the 42-year-old man's injury after determining it had nothing to do with police.

On the morning of May 17, police allege the man stole a transport truck from the ONroute service centre at 290 Highway 401, Cambridge, and proceeded to drive it westbound on the highway.

He had travelled several kilometres when he exited the highway onto northbound Townline Road, became aware of a police cruiser behind him, and jumped from the driver’s seat onto the road, fracturing his left leg in the process.

The officer in the cruiser observed what happened, brought his vehicle to a stop, and rendered assistance to the man.  

The truck ended up wedged between trees and a fence on the east side of Townline Road about a kilometre north of the Jamieson Parkway intersection.

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, including a review of video footage that captured the incident, Martino said he was satisfied the investigation should be discontinued.

"On this record, there was patently nothing to investigate as far as the officer’s potential criminal liability was concerned. The man was alone responsible for his self-inflicted injury," Martino wrote.