|Ray Emery is accused of verbally threatening a driver earlier this week. (Sun File/Sean Kilpatrick)
No charges will be laid in the wake of a roadside confrontation involving Senators goaltender Ray Emery earlier this week.
Ottawa police issued a statement this afternoon stating that on Wednesday they "received a driving complaint incident in the area of Palladium Dr. and Highway 417 in Ottawa. The investigation is completed and in consultation with Ottawa District Crown Attorney's office it was determined that no charges will be laid in this case. As a result no further information regarding this incident will be released."
Police policy is to not name people involved in investigations unless charges are laid.
In this instance, however, the incident is known to involve Emery because the man claiming the Ottawa goalie engaged him in a profanity-laden confrontation went public with his complaint.
Jean Therien told the Sun on Thursday he feared for his life after the white Hummer he had accidentally cut off on the Queensway began jerking into his lane, forcing him to swerve to avoid it.
He said his heart raced when the Hummer stopped in front of him on the Palladium Dr. off-ramp and Emery got out of the vehicle and approached his car, yelling at him through the passenger side window.
"He said, 'You tried to put me in the ditch.' I said, 'No, I did not,' " said Therien, 65.
Therien said the enraged goalie stopped his profanity-filled verbal assault for a moment when he called him by his name.
"Then he said, 'Who the f--- are you?' " said Therien, adding he told Emery the fact he owns a Hummer doesn't make him the king of the road.
Therien said he did not get out of his car, instead telling Emery he would report the incident to the hockey club and the police, which he did.
Therien said Emery eventually returned to his vehicle and drove away. Therien said he went straight to Scotiabank Place to report the incident.
He later filed a report to police who confirmed last night they had assigned a detective to investigate.
"The (Senators) club is aware of the circumstances surrounding a personal incident yesterday morning involving Ray Emery," the club said in a release yesterday. "We trust that Ray will address the issues to the satisfaction of the authorities."
Therien says he plans to sue Emery in civil court.
"(I'm suing him for) what he has put me through, the danger to my life and the danger to my health," said Therien, adding he had yet to contact a lawyer.