A 20-year-old local man is facing charges after travelling at high speeds in Kingston’s west end, causing other vehicles on the roadway to move out of the way to avoid being struck.
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022, police were parked on Creekford Road when they observed an older model Chevrolet Impala pass their location travelling westbound. According to a release from Kingston Police, a query of the licence plate revealed that it was not registered to that car and was in fact not supposed to be attached to any motor vehicle.
Police followed the Impala south on Bayridge Drive and then into a residential subdivision. Police then activated their emergency lights as the vehicle travelled south on Albany Drive. According to the release, the vehicle refused to pull over and continued driving at moderate speeds as it turned westbound onto Sierra Avenue and then south onto Bayridge Drive.
“As the vehicle turned onto Bayridge Drive however, it began to pull away from police, accelerating to high speeds that were well above the maximum posted speed limit,” police said. “Police discontinued following the vehicle and pulled over off of the roadway on Bayridge Drive out of concern for public safety. Numerous pedestrians were observed by police along Bayridge Drive and multiple vehicles travelling both northbound and southbound on that area of roadway had to pull over onto the shoulder to avoid the accelerating motor vehicle. The car was last seen travelling southbound on Bayridge Drive toward Princess Street.”
Further investigation by police revealed that the owner of the licence plates attached to the suspect vehicle had a relative with a history of similar offences who matched the description of the accused male driver that police had observed operating the motor vehicle. According to the release, police ascertained the identity of the accused male and identified where he was currently residing.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. police attended this address in Kingston’s west end. According to the release, police located the accused at the residence and arrested him at approximately 3:50 p.m. for the serious driving offences which had been committed. Police also located the suspect vehicle parked at the residence.
The accused was transported to police headquarters where he was later released on conditions with a future court date. The 20-year-old was charged with dangerous operation of a conveyance and fail to stop for police
This occurrence is one of many that Kingston Police have been dealing with in recent weeks. In the last week alone, Kingston Police have publicly shared the results of 10 such traffic stops, carried out by the Kingston Police Traffic Safety Unit, all of which occurred along two high-traffic corridors: Creekford Road and Woodbine Road. More details can be found in our previous coverage.