Dangerous driving leads to multiple charges for Kingston resident

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Kingston Police have arrested a local driver for impaired driving following multiple dangerous interactions on downtown Kingston roadways.

According to a release from Kingston Police, at approximately 12:05 a.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2024, officers were on general patrol, proceeding southbound on Division Street at the intersection with Princess Street in downtown Kingston, when they witnessed a silver van travelling westbound on Princess Street toward them at a very high rate of speed.

“This vehicle was travelling in the wrong direction on Princess Street, which is a one-way street east of Division Street,” Kingston Police stated.

“The van proceeded through the intersection and nearly struck the police cruiser, as the officer was forced to take immediate evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. The police cruiser had been travelling through the intersection on a green light at the time of the incident. The van also narrowly missed striking pedestrians, who were forced to jump out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, as they attempted to cross the street on a green light/walk signal.”

According to the release, the vehicle continued to drive westbound on Princess Street in a dangerous manner, as police, who had activated their emergency lights and sirens, attempted to intercept it. At the intersection of Princess and Albert Streets, officers made attempts to have the driver pull over, however, the driver refused, and the vehicle was last seen travelling east on York Street from Albert Street, police detailed.

At approximately 12:45 a.m. police reportedly received further information that the vehicle in question was now parked on Princess Street near Barrie Street. According to the release, a witness had observed the driver exit this vehicle and attend a nearby establishment. At approximately 12:55 a.m. officers located the driver inside the establishment, and subsequently arrested them for dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

“The officer made further observations that the accused was impaired by alcohol. The accused was subsequently transported to police headquarters where they provided two breath samples. The accused was found to have more than one and a half times the legal limit of alcohol in their system,” Kingston Police said.

Jozef Kroeg, a 33-year-old individual from the Kingston area, was charged with

  • Dangerous operation of a conveyance (vehicle)
  • Failing to stop for police
  • Impaired operation of a conveyance
  • Impaired operation of a conveyance while exceeding legal blood alcohol concentration.

Kroeg was held to attend a bail hearing the following day. The accused’s driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days and they will face a one-year suspension if convicted. The vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days, with the accused being responsible for all fees and fines.

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