Of­fi­cer fac­ing six counts aris­ing from col­li­sion

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A pro­vin­cial po­lice of­fi­cer is fac­ing six charges aris­ing from a col­li­sion last year be­tween a ve­hi­cle and an all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle in Dawn-Euphemia, Ont., north of ChathamKent. The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit says a 24-year-old man was op­er­at­ing an ATV on the evening of June 22, 2016, and suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries in a col­li­sion with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. The po­lice watch­dog agency says Const. Sean Cough­lan was ar­rested Fri­day fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The SIU says Cough­lan is charged with one count each of crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing bod­ily harm and ob­struct­ing a peace of­fi­cer, and two counts each of per­jury and ob­struct­ing jus­tice. Cough­lan was re­leased and is to ap­pear in court in Sar­nia on Feb. 28. 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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