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Police canine Dak locates dangerous driver north of 401

Dak and Constable Jeff Dickson. Photo courtesy of Kingston Police.

A dangerous driver, who failed to stop for police, nearly collided with a second police cruiser while travelling northbound on Montreal Street. The driver abandoned the vehicle north of Highway 401 and police were able to locate him with the assistance of Kingston Police Service Dog Dak and his handler.

At approximately 4:55 p.m. on Friday, Jul. 16, 2021, Kingston Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Montreal Street as the accused male, who was operating the motor vehicle, was a suspended driver, Kingston Police said in a release dated Monday, Jul. 19, 2021. The accused ignored police lights and sirens, accelerated away and was last seen by Kingston Police officers travelling northbound on Montreal Street at a high rate of speed veering into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Shortly after a police cruiser, which was travelling north on Montreal Street to an unrelated call, was passed by the accused who drove erratically into the oncoming lane and narrowly missed striking the officer’s fully marked cruiser, police said. The accused continued speeding northbound on Montreal Street and his vehicle was located a short time later abandoned on Thompson Crescent, north of Highway 401.

Police established containment and the Kingston Police Canine Unit was requested to the scene to track the accused. At approximately 6:05 p.m. Kingston Police Service Dog Dak, along with his handler Constable Jeff Dickson, began to track the accused and ultimately located him in a nearby wooded area. At approximately 6:30 p.m. the accused was arrested and taken into custody.

The accused was transported to police headquarters where he was later released on conditions with a future court date.

A 31-year-old Gananoque man was charged with failing to stop for police and dangerous operation of a conveyance.

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