A Saskatoon Police Constable is facing a charge of common assault following an investigation by the SPS Professional Standards section.
Constable J. Gelowitz was charged in relation to an on-duty response to a stolen vehicle which evaded police in spite of attempts by officers to stop it in December 2016. In accordance with Saskatoon Police Service policy, the incident was reviewed by the SPS Use of Force Review Committee and forwarded to the Professional Standards Section, Internal Investigations, for further investigation into the Constables actions at the time of arrest. The Professional Standards Section consulted first with the Provincial Complaints Commission and then the Crown Prosecutors for opinion prior to a charge being laid.
The Constable has been reassigned to administrative duties within the Service pending the outcome of court proceedings. A court date has been scheduled for January 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Court information # 991036156.
On Monday 19th December 2016 at 00:50am, a stolen SUV was spotted by Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) officers being driven in the area of 8th Street and Clarence Avenue. When the marked patrol car attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver of the stolen vehicle failed to pull off and attempted to evade the police.
Stop Sticks were deployed successfully by other responding officers and after a short time the stolen vehicle was unable to move further due to most of the tyres being flat.
2 male occupants were arrested. The 18 year old driver was transported to hospital for treatment of a minor cut on his arm and the 17 year old passenger was transported to SPS cells.
Both arrested suspects are facing charges of possession of stolen property over $5000 and flight from police. In addition the driver had outstanding criminal warrants and will also be breached on his conditions from a pervious court release document.
They are expected to appear in front of a Justice of the Peace on Monday evening.