Durham Regional Police officers charged after incident in Oshawa last year

DRPS

Two Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers face criminal charges following an investigation into an incident that occurred in Oshawa last April.

According to a report from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), the organization has reasonable grounds to believe the officers committed criminal offences in relation to the arrest of a 35-year-old man in April of 2017.

The report states that on the night of April 26, the man was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by another individual in Oshawa. At approximately 9 p.m., DRPS officers had the vehicle pull over on Bruce Street. The passenger then became involved in an altercation with the officers, according to the SIU, and was arrested and taken to the police station. Shortly after, the report states he was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.

As a result of the investigation, 42-year-old Constable James Edward Scholtes and 35-year-old Constable Thomas Broadfoot each face the following charges: one count of assault causing bodily harm, one count of obstructing justice and one count of obstructing a peace officer.

The officers are expected to appear in Oshawa court on March 22.

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, and report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.