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SIU probing death of motorist after police chase near Windsor

RCMP cordon off a crime scene using police tape in this file photo

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A 39-year-old man is dead following an early-morning police chase in Essex County, near Windsor.

Authorities said that around 12:25 a.m. Thursday an Ontario Provincial Police officer tried to pull over a vehicle on Manning Road at County Road 46, north of Highway 401, but that the unidentified driver fled.

A pursuit ensued and the motorist drove off the road and crashed his car.

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Ejected from his vehicle by the impact, he was pronounced dead in hospital.

The circumstances are being examined by the Special Investigations Unit, which probes all police-civilian interactions resulting in death or serious injuries.

A day earlier the SIU was called in on another case, this one involving a teenager who was injured when he fell from a building in Guelph.

City police were responding to a report of two unidentified males climbing up the side of a building near Woolwich Street and Douglas Street around 10 a.m., the SIU said.

There was a "verbal interaction" between the officers and the youths and one of them fell 12 to 15 metres to the ground and suffered two broken legs.

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