Charges laid after investigation north of Hwy 401 in Kingston
As the day started, residents around Kingston were alerted to a large police presence in an area just north of Highway 401.
At approximately 9 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023, Kingston Police communicated that members of the public were to avoid the area of Sunnyside Road and Sydenham Road, as well as the area of Burbrook Road to Perth Road, including the Little Cataraqui Conservation Area. This, police said at the time, was due to an “active investigation,” however, Kingston Police originally responded to the area of Sunnyside and Sydenham Roads at approximately 7 a.m., Kingston Police later disclosed around 10:30 a.m.
This response was due to a “call for service,” police said, however, emergency responders were also faced with a collision on Sunnyside Road at approximately 8:15 a.m., bringing Kingston Fire and Rescue and Frontenac Paramedic Services crews to the already large and active situation.
Shortly after alerting the public to avoid the area, Kingston Police relayed that the situation was resolved via social media and press releases at approximately 9:40 a.m. The area of Sunnyside Road between addresses 1553 and 1527 remained closed as of time of publication as police carried out an investigation into the earlier collision, which was, in fact, related to the larger investigation.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., Kingston Police said that an arrest had been made and charges laid as a result of the incident, which did not pose a risk to public safety. According to police, when officers arrived on scene in response to the original call for service, one of the people involved in the incident – who had committed a criminal offence – had already fled the area. Police initiated a search of the area, and the individual was located “in the Sunnyside Road area” at approximately 9:30 a.m., Constable Anthony Colangeli, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, said in an email.
The individual was taken into custody “without incident” and now faces the following charges:
- Theft under $5,000
- Theft over $5,000
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Driving while disqualified
“Due to the nature of the incident and our responsibility to protect the identity of any involved victims we will not be commenting further on this incident,” Colangeli said.