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SIU probe leads to dangerous driving charge against Toronto police officer

Last Updated Jul 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm EDT

The SIU was called in after a cyclist collided with a Toronto police cruiser in the McCowan Road and Lawrence Avenue East area on Jan. 9, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

A Toronto police officer is facing a charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm after allegedly striking a cyclist with his cruiser in Scarborough last winter.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) began a probe of the incident, which took place on Jan. 9, 2017, and concluded in a release that there are “reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed a criminal offence.”

The SIU said officers were responding to call in the McCowan Road and Lawrence Avenue East area at around 7:30 p.m. when a cruiser driven by Const. Cole Robinson struck the cyclist – a 52-year-old man – sending him to hospital with serious injuries.

Const. Robinson is scheduled to make a court appearance on July 18.

“The matter is now properly before the courts,” the SIU said in a release. “In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.”

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.

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