Impaired driver cause of four-vehicle collision

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A young man from Kingston who was driving under the influence of alcohol has been arrested and charged after his reckless driving led to a four-vehicle collision.

The incident began at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, when the accused man was driving westbound on Princess Street. As the driver was approaching Centennial Drive, he struck another vehicle, according to a press release from Kingston Police. The accused man then drove into the right turning lane and over the curb, “spinning up dirt” as he continued to drive, police said.

The accused man then struck a light pole before backing up into the roadway where he struck yet another vehicle, setting off a chain reaction that resulted in a four-vehicle collision. The accused driver then fled the scene.

Investigating officers tracked the accused man to a midtown address, where the man was located as he was pulling into the garage. The officers observed that the accused man was impaired by alcohol, and he was arrested and transported to Kingston Police Headquarters. There, the accused man provided two breath samples and was found to have just under two times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The 19-year-old Kingston man is charged with: impaired driving, operating a vehicle with over 80 mg of alcohol in his system, dangerous driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, failure to provide a driver’s licence, failure to provide vehicle registration, and failure to provide an insurance card.

The accused man was later released with a future court date. His driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days, and he will face a one-year licence suspension if convicted.

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