A routine traffic stop mid-day turned into a not-so-routine incident after the driver and passenger of the stopped vehicle attempted to flee police.
According to Kingston Police, officers conducted a traffic stop at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019 in the area of Weller Avenue and Compton Street. The vehicle stopped briefly and a male passenger exited the vehicle before the accused man, the driver, proceeded to drive north on Compton Street. There, the accused man abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee from police on foot.
After a brief foot pursuit, police arrested the accused man, and further investigation found that he was on five Canada-wide criminal driving prohibitions. Upon searching the accused man, police located drug paraphernalia, and baggies containing a white crystallized substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine.
The 52-year-old local man was charged with five counts of operating a vehicle while prohibited, and possession of a Schedule 1 substance for trafficking.