SIU releases more information on North Grenville arrest

(Newswatch Group/File)

Clarification: This story has been clarified from an earlier version to show that the O.P.P. notified the SIU on Nov. 15, a day after the arrest took place and not 10 days, according to the SIU. The O.P.P. and SIU didn’t release the information to the public until 10 days after incident took place.

KEMPTVILLE – The Ontario Special Investigations Unit has released more information on an arrest where a woman and a Grenville County O.P.P. officer were hurt.

Spokesman Monica Hudon told Brockville Newswatch that officers had went to the River Road home on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 1:45 a.m. to deal with a 53-year-old woman who was intoxicated.

There is a discrepancy in the time officers responded to the call as Grenville County O.P.P. said their officers went there at 12:26 a.m.

Officers had arrested the woman at the North Grenville home and had taken her first to the Prescott O.P.P. detachment, followed by the Brockville O.P.P. station.

According to the O.P.P., during that transport time “there was an interaction” of some sort, which injured the accused and the officer.

“As a result of the woman saying she felt pain in her upper body, she was transported to Brockville General Hospital by Emergency Medical Services. As no injury was diagnosed, she was returned to the detachment from where she was later released,” Hudon said.

The woman checked herself into the Kemptville hospital at a later date where she was diagnosed with an injury to her upper body.

Hudon said they were notified by the O.P.P. on Nov. 15, 2016 after the police force learned the injuries were serious. The information about the joint O.P.P.-SIU investigation wasn’t released by police and the agency until 10 days after the fact.

As for the officer’s injuries and whether he or she is still on duty, Hudon referred those questions the York Regional Police Service, the charging authority in the case.

Calls by BNW to the York Regional Police Service were not immediately returned.

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