Drugs, weapons seized after driver fails to stop at stop sign

Weapons, drug paraphernalia, currency, and quantites of suspected fentanyl, crystal methamphetamine, and cocaine, which were seized by police after arresting a driver who didnt stop at a stop sign and then attempted to evade police. Photo via Kingston Police.

Failing to come to a stop at a stop sign has led to over 10 charges being laid by Kingston Police for one area driver.

According to Kingston Police, at approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, an officer with the Kingston Police Patrol Division watches as a vehicle failed to stop at the four-way stop intersection of Earl and Division Streets.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the driver turned into a private parking lot off of Earl Street instead. There, the driver got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. After “a short foot pursuit,” the driver was apprehended, Kingston Police said in a press release on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

After identifying the driver, police determined he was under a criminal code driving prohibition. Further, as the driver and vehicle were subsequently search, police discovered a “large quantity” of suspected fentanyl, crystal methamphetamine, and cocaine, according to Kingston Police. The driver was also found to be in possession of weapons, including multiple knives, a collapsible baton, and an imitation firearm, as well as both Canadian and American currency.

As a result, 35-year-old Michael Edwards of Kingston, has been charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited
  • Three counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime (not exceeding $5,000)
  • Six counts of possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Breach of probation

Edwards was subsequently taken to Kingston Police Headquarters, where he was held for a bail hearing.

Inquiries to Kingston Police about the result of Edwards’ bail hearing were not immediately responded to. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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