Canine unit tracks down accused impaired driver who fled collision in Kingston’s west end

Police Service Dog (PSD) Dak is all smiles between his handler, Constable Jeff Dickson (left), and his Sergeant, Paul Doak. Doak handles his own PSD, Bask, when on duty with the Kingston Police Canine Unit. Photo by Michelle Dorey Forestell/Kingstonist.

A local driver who fled the scene of a collision has been arrested and charged by police thanks to a four-legged member of Kingston Police Force.

On Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, Kingston Police released details highlighting the “instrumental” efforts of the Force’s Canine Unit and, more specifically, Police Service Dog (PSD) Dak. Kingstonist readers may recall Dak and the indispensable role the PSDs play for Kingston Police from our coverage highlighting the 25th anniversary of the Canine (K9) Unit in July of 2023.

Now, police are sharing details of a recent arrest that further proved Dak is a very good dog.

According to police, on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023, around 10:15 p.m., officers responded to reports of a collision that had just occurred in the area of the 900 block of Woodbine Road. Reports indicated that the vehicle involved in the collision had fled the scene after damaging an unoccupied vehicle, police said.

“Police received further information that the suspect vehicle had been seen in the area of Collins Bay Road and Taylor Kidd Boulevard travelling on three wheels while causing significant sparks to be emitted from the damaged truck,” Kingston Police said.

Officers located the truck abandoned in a subdivision near Bayridge Drive and Cataraqui Woods Drive, and were advised by witnesses that the driver of the truck had been seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot toward a wooded area, according to the press release, which noted that police also observed that the pickup truck had struck at second vehicle in the area where the truck had been abandoned. That second collision, police said, caused damages to both vehicles.

Officers set up a containment area and called in the Kingston Police Canine Unit. PSD “Dak proceeded to track the accused for over one kilometre into the woods,” police detailed.

“At approximately 11:20 p.m. the accused was successfully located lying in thick brush and was subsequently arrested. Officers made further observations that the accused was impaired by alcohol,” Kingston Police said.

“The accused was transported to police headquarters where they refused to provide a breath sample to a peace officer.”

As a result, 35-year-old Korey Anglin of Kingston was charged with:

  • Two counts of leaving the scene of an accident
  • Dangerous operation of a conveyance (vehicle)
  • Impaired driving
  • Failure to accompany a peace officer for a breath sample

Anglin’s driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days. The accused driver will face a one-year licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, the pickup truck was seized and impounded. Anglin will be responsible for all fees and fines related to towing/impounding, and was later released with a future court date.

Police also shared that just after midnight on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, officers received a report regarding an individual in emotional distress in downtown Kingston. When police arrived at the given location, a search was conducted, but officers then requested the Canine Unit attend to assist. Once again PSD Dak and his handler were fast on the track. According to police, the

Individual in distress was safely located along the water’s edge in the area of King Street West and Lower University Avenue. Officers were able to transport the individual to hospital, where they received medical attention, Kingston Police said.

One thought on “Canine unit tracks down accused impaired driver who fled collision in Kingston’s west end

  • “… that Dak is a very good dog.” Love it! And agreed.

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