Collision leads to drug possession, trafficking charges for Kingston driver

Crews with Kingston Fire & Rescue and Kingston Police survey the scene of a collision that occurred on the night of Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. Photo by Penny Cadue/Kingstonist.

A collision that occurred at the intersection of Sir John A Macdonald and John Counter Boulevards in Kingston resulted in one person being sent to hospital and another facing a list of charges, including those for impaired driving, and possession of drugs with the intent to traffic.

Kingston Police, Kingston Fire & Rescue, and Frontenac Paramedics all responded to the collision, which occurred just after 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. Two vehicles were involved: a white Mazda with a lone driver, and a red Toyota taxi with a driver and two passengers. Witnesses on scene said the male driver of the Mazda appeared to be arrested after speaking with police.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Kingston Police confirmed that the male driver was, indeed, arrested, both for impaired driving- and drug possession-related offences. One of the passengers in the taxi was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Kingston Police, the 19-year-old Kingston man driving the white Mazda was charged with:

  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of the proceeds of property/item obtained by crime not exceeding the value of $5,000

Asked what Schedule 1 substance the driver had in his possession, Kingston Police said it was a quantity of suspected cocaine. Additionally, police relayed that the driver was transported to Kingston Police Headquarters where he was held to attend a bail hearing the following day. At that bail hearing, the accused man was remanded into custody with another court appearance scheduled for today, Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

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