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250 cases under review in OPP officer probe

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Farzooq Sayed’s Porsche was impounded for a week last fall. (June 4, 2009) June 05, 2009
Kenyon Wallace
Staff Reporter

Last Halloween is a night Farzooq Sayed won't soon forget.

The 23-year-old Centennial College student was driving home with his girlfriend in his silver Porsche Carrera 4S westbound along Highway 403.

Just before Matheson Blvd., Sayed was pulled over by OPP Sgt. Dennis Mahoney-Bruer and ticketed for travelling 156 km/h – more than 50 kilometres over the speed limit.

"I was totally shocked," recalls Sayed, who admits he was speeding, but not 50 kilometres over the limit.

"The police officer came up to my window and the first thing he asked me was, `Whose car is this?' and I said, `It's my car.' He then asked me how old I was and told me he was suspending my licence for seven days and impounding my car."

In what may turn out to be a case of sweet vindication for hundreds of Ontario motorists, Sayed learned yesterday that his ticket is one of 200 provincial charges under review by the Crown and OPP in which Mahoney-Bruer was involved as an investigator.

Mahoney-Bruer, 49, was arrested and charged last week with three counts of breach of trust and one count of attempting to obstruct justice after an investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police Professional Standards Bureau. The 12-year member of the force is accused of using false evidence to lay charges against three drivers last month. He has been suspended with pay.

An additional 50 criminal charges – including impaired driving, dangerous driving and non-traffic related charges – in which Mahoney-Bruer was involved as an investigator, are also under review. Police say it's unclear how old some of the charges under review could be. The OPP says a "small number" of charges have already been stayed by the Crown.

But Sayed says even if his ticket is cleared, nothing can make up for the $950 he had to pay the tow truck company and the hundreds of dollars he spent on taxis for the week his car was impounded, not to mention legal fees he paid to initially fight his ticket.

The review of charges in which Mahoney-Bruer was involved as an investigator brings into question the reliability of traffic tickets he issued, say paralegals who specialize in fighting traffic charges.

"I plan on reviewing my clients' files going back three years," said Maurizio Tassone, a Woodbridge paralegal. He says he has about 30 clients who were issued tickets by Mahoney-Bruer, some of which have already been settled. But that's not going to stop him from offering his clients a chance to appeal previous convictions.

"(The review) calls into question all the speeding and stunt driving tickets issued by Mahoney-Bruer in the last year and a half. And we still don't know how far back this review is going to go. It could go back three or four years. I wouldn't be surprised," he said.

Woodbridge resident Ismet Breznica was happy to learn from detectives earlier this week that two charges Mahoney-Bruer laid against him have been stayed. Breznica says Mahoney-Bruer pulled him over while he was driving west on Highway 401 in Mississauga on May 10 – the same day Mahoney-Bruer is alleged to have used false evidence to issue tickets to two other drivers.

"I asked him why he pulled me over and he said, `Today I'm only picking white cars,'" recalls Breznica, who owns a white 2008 Mercedes-Benz and had his two young children in the back seat at the time. "I asked him if I was the only one driving around here with a white car, and he said yes. Honest to God, that's what he told me."

Mahoney-Bruer handed Breznica two tickets: one for speeding and one for driving without a booster seat for his 7-year-old son. Breznica maintains that his son is heavy enough not to require a booster seat.

"Sometimes it makes me wonder if I want to live my whole life in this country. Don't treat me like a criminal. I'm not a criminal. I'm a family person," he says.

Sounds like the street racing law might face a big challange in the courts. as it seem they care little about how the people feel.

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the fact that this bullshit still has popular support absolutly blows me away.


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This is exactly the thing that I was afraid of the minute they allowed the police the power to incriminate at the side of the road. Don't tell me those guys a immune to power trips. Who polices the police anyway?
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