Peel Regional Police
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Peel police, however, describe it as a routine arrest with the report not indicating any special drama.
Drama and "rude behaviour" by attending officers is what Ian and Kelly-Ann Hanniford described in an interview.
Kelly-Ann said she was treated horribly.
"Humiliated, embarrassed, left without a ride on the side of the road with two children" -- and in essence nine-months pregnant?
Due for delivery by caesarian on Aug. 30, Kelly-Ann says she is hopeful somebody will take some time to investigate.
So far the Peel force, which disputes the Hannifords' account of the case, has not indicated there will be an internal probe and suggested the couple can take their concerns to police oversight bodies.
"It was a terrible experience," said 38-year-old Kelly-Ann Tuesday. "Disturbing."
If proven accurate, "disturbing" is the word to describe what she said went down on Kennedy Rd. and Tullamore Crt. in Brampton at about 11 p.m. Sunday.
It all started when the couple left their Hamilton home with children Jhorel, 13, and Layla, 3 and headed for a church service in Brampton.
"We went to our relatives after the event at the church and had a good time," said 37-year-old Ian Hanniford. "There was no trouble, I have never before been in trouble with police and there should not have been any this time."
On the way home, he said, he was pulled over by a police cruiser.
"I told them I wasn't drinking but the guy wanted me to do a breathalyzer," he said. "I didn't get a chance to refuse before they were opening the doors of the car."
Ian said he told them to "stop" and leave his kids out of it.
"It scared them and all of us," he said.
The insurance broker said he was dragged out the car by a swarm of officers and arrested.
"I was in shock," he said. "The officer said he pulled me over because my mirror was obstructing his view. I think it was because my son is big and we were in a BMW and they thought something was going on."
His wife said she told her son to close the door of the car "but an officer told him he would arrest him with obstruction of justice if he did and that they didn't need my permission to talk with him. They threatened my son. "
She said there was no one in uniform listening to what she said was her voice of reason.
"They were taunting me and so rude. They swarmed around me and made me look like a criminal," she said. "They took away my husband for no reason, towed the car for no reason and left me there with my kids with no way out of there."
She said she asked how she was supposed to get back home?
"They told me it's not an industrial area and that I could use public transit or take a taxi," she said. "They told me it was not their problem."
She said she was on the side of the road for "a total of 90 minutes" with her kids before her relative from the home they were visiting came over to pick them up.
The little girl, she said, was in tears as they took away her father in handcuffs.
Hanniford said he and his son have also been crying since the incident.
"The report confirms that the gentleman was arrested and charged with refusing to provide breath samples but does not indicate whether there were any injuries and does not state whether he went to hospital," said Peel Police spokesman Const. Fiona Thivierge.
Hanniford said he provided a blood sample later at William Osler hospital later that showed there was no alcohol in his blood stream and X-rays determined he had a broken bone in his wrist.
"The thing is I wasn't drinking and wasn't doing anything wrong. I am looking into see what my options are," he said. "I was just with my family. I didn't get a chance to find out what happened to them until I got to 22 Division."
He said his car has been impounded for 90 days and he must report back to the station Monday for finger prints and for an undetermined court date.
Peel police said their side of the story is different.
"There was nothing to suggest that this man was suffering from a broken wrist and our information indicates that the wife and children were not left alone," said Staff-Sgt. Dan Richardson, the officer in charge of Peel's corporate communications.
Richardson added Hanniford is free to file a complaint.
Perhaps on-board cruiser cameras could be reviewed and perhaps Peel Police's professional standards and the SIU could be contacted to help sort this out.
The whole incident calls out for a review.