Man charged with impaired driving in hit-and-run incident

Police say a 22 year-old man has been charged following a hit-and-run incident Thursday night. Alcohol was reportedly a factor in the crash.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 at approximately 8:30 p.m. the male suspect was reportedly driving his pickup truck westbound on Bath Road, near Days Road in Kingston’s west end. Police say he attempted to turn south on Days Road, but failed to stop at the red light. His truck collided with another vehicle, which had been driving eastbound on Bath Road, and had the right of way.

Police say the force of the impact sent the other vehicle spinning into the centre median, striking a light pole. The pickup truck was also severely damaged and spun out, reportedly sending the contents of the truck bed onto the roadway.

Police say the male suspect did not exit his vehicle to check on the other driver, instead driving into a nearby parking lot. He then exited, driving his heavily damaged truck west on Bath Road in the eastbound lanes, into oncoming traffic.

Witnesses contacted police and followed the accused to Castell Road where he stopped his truck. Police responded and, at approximately 8:40 p.m., arrested him for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

According to Kingston Police, the officer noticed that the accused was impaired by alcohol. The suspect was subsequently transported to police headquarters where he provided two breath samples. He was found to have approximately two times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The man was later released with a future court date. His driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days, and he faces a one year suspension if convicted. The truck was seized and impounded for seven days, with the suspect responsible for all fees and fines.

The man has been charged with impaired operation of a conveyance (vehicle), impaired operation of a conveyance while exceeding blood alcohol concentration, and failure to stop at scene of an accident.

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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