No injuries in high-speed joy-ride in Kingston west end

Kingston Police have confirmed that they have one person in custody after a youth allegedly stole a vehicle and took it on a high-speed, erratic joy-ride through the west end of Kingston on Sunday, April 19.

Police say that after stealing the vehicle on Sunday afternoon, the suspect took it on a high-speed joy-ride through Kingston’s west end, striking at least one civilian vehicle and damaging several grassed areas on Front Rd in the vicinity of Norman Rogers Airport. The incident came to an end after responding police officers boxed the vehicle in on a private property at Lemoine Point Farm. In the course of the incident, two police vehicles were struck and damaged by the suspect, according to Kingston Police.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the suspect vehicle driving erratically and at a high rate of speed down Front Rd and into the long gravelled driveway of a private farm property near Lemoine Point, followed briefly thereafter by a large contingent of Kingston Police cruisers. But while police were quick to respond and caught up to the suspect shortly after the initial dispatch was made, police did not engage in a high speed chase, says Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police.

“At no point was there any danger to the public posed by the incident,” says Gutheinz. According to Gutheinz, the civilian vehicle and police vehicles which were struck incurred minor damage and will require repairs. The stolen vehicle, a Ford Mustang, also sustained damage requiring repair. Kingston Police say that the 16-year-old suspect is now in custody pending a bail hearing and that there were no injuries. The investigation continues.

Editor’s note: this article has been updated with additional information regarding damage to vehicles and clarification on the timeline of events.

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