Impaired driving charges laid following collision with pole

Kingston Police on scene after a vehicle collided with a traffic light post at the intersection of Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Rockwell Drive in the city’s west end on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. Submitted photo.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at 3:21 p.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

Original article:

As the one-two punch of the winter storm was taking its second blow at Kingston on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, it wasn’t uncommon to see vehicles stuck or skidding off track around the city. But not all out-of-place vehicles ended up there due to the weather.

At approximately 4 p.m. that day, Kingston Fire & Rescue, Frontenac Paramedics, and Kingston Police were all sent to the busy area of Taylor Kidd Boulevard at Rockwell Drive (just east of Gardiners Road) for a reported collision.

Police cruisers block the vehicle involved in the collision with activated lights, ensuring the situation is visible to oncoming traffic. Photo by Paula Stafford.

The incident only involved one vehicle, which had collided with the west-facing median-based light post in the middle of Taylor Kidd Boulevard at the intersection. Upon arrival, Kingston Police officers blocked the vehicle off on either side with lights active alerting traffic to the obstruction amid the falling snow.

According to witnesses to the incident, the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision was arrested on the scene for impaired driving. For their part, Kingston Police confirmed that an arrest for impaired driving was made in an email to Kingstonist on the morning of Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, but would not release further information at the time. Police are expected to issue a press release on the matter later in the day.

This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

Update (Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at 4:50 p.m.):
Kingston Police have now issued a press release on the impaired driving case outlined above.

According to police, the accused driver had been travelling eastbound on Taylor Kidd Boulevard from Gardiners Road when the car they were driving “struck and mounted” the centre median. 

“The accused, after dislodging the vehicle from the median by rocking it back and forth, continued eastbound, now in the westbound lanes of Taylor Kidd Boulevard. Once the accused had driven to the intersection just to the west of Rockwell Drive, they attempted to swerve back into the eastbound lane however, overcorrected causing the vehicle to fishtail into the traffic light pole,” Kingston Police said in the release.

“The officer spoke to the accused and made observations that they were impaired by alcohol. The accused was arrested at approximately 4:05 p.m. and transported to police headquarters where they provided two breath samples. The accused was found to have more than one and a halftimes the legal limit of alcohol in their system.”

As a result, 24-year-old Mohammad Mohammad of Kingston was charged with:

  • impaired operation of a conveyance (vehicle)
  • Impaired operation of a conveyance with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

Police said Mohammad was released with a further court date. As a result of the charges, the accused driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and they will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, Mohammad’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. The accused driver will be responsible for all related towing/impounding fees.

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