Multi-vehicle collision in Kingston leads to dangerous driving, drug possession charges

A Kingston Police Traffic Safety Unit vehicle. Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at 3:37 p.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

Original article:

A collision involving three vehicles – one of which struck the other two – resulted in three serious charges laid against a local driver, according to Kingston Police.

In a press release on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, police disclosed details of the incident, which had occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. the day prior (Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024).

“The accused, who had struck the two other vehicles with their motor vehicle, proceeded to flee from the scene of the collision,” police said, noting that “no injuries were incurred.”

According to Kingston Police, officers with the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit were in the area “conducting investigations on unrelated matters” when they “observed the vehicle travelling at high rates of speed while weaving in and out of traffic erratically.” Those officers were “able to surveil and follow the subject vehicle undetected,” police said.

Police said the officers further observed the vehicle being driven in a dangerous manner before finally coming to a stop in front of a business on Railway Street “in an apparent effort to elude uniform[ed] officers.” Officers from the Street Crime Unit were then “able to safely effect the arrest of the accused.”

A search of the accused individual following the arrest found them to be in possession of a bag of psilocybin mushrooms, according to police. The press release from Kingston Police indicates the individual also refused identify themselves at some point.

The accused was taken to Kingston Police Headquarters where they were held to attend a bail hearing today, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. The 26-year-old from Kingston was charged with:

  • Dangerous operation of a conveyance (vehicle)
  • Unlawfully possessing a Schedule 3 substance
  • Failing to provide a name after leaving the scene of an accident (provincial charge)

Kingstonist has inquired with police as to where the initial collision occurred, as well as what led to the provincial charge that was laid against the accused driver. This article will be updated if/when that information becomes available.

Update (Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at 11 a.m.):
In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Kingston Police have disclosed that the collision that occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, and involved a driver striking two other vehicles took place in the area of Victoria and Concession Streets. According to Constable Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, it was a short while after that when officers from the Street Crime Unit observed the accused driver in another area of downtown Kingston, driving erratically and at high rates of speed, Gutheinz said.

With regard to the provincial charge laid against the accused driver, Gutheinz explained that the charges stemmed from the accused leaving the scene of the accident with out exchanging personal information — such as their name, address, and insurance information — with the owners of the vehicles they collided with. The provincial Highway Traffic Act (and specifically in Section 200), states that a person must remain at the scene of an collision (or immediately return to it), and “upon request, give in writing to anyone sustaining loss or injury or to any police officer or to any witness his or her name, address, driver’s licence number and jurisdiction of issuance, motor vehicle liability insurance policy insurer and policy number, name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle and the vehicle permit number.”

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