Quebec resident charged with impaired driving after two Kingston collisions

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In the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, Kingston Police were dispatched to the area of Division Street and Ellice Street regarding a collision that had just occurred at that intersection.

According to a release from Kingston Police, shortly after 1:55 a.m., police arrived on scene and observed three damaged vehicles, one of which had struck a house on the west side of Division Street. Police said that further investigation revealed that the vehicle being driven by the accused had first side-swiped another vehicle on Division Street south of Queen Street. The suspect vehicle had then reportedly fled the scene, without stopping to exchange information, and was followed by the vehicle that had been struck.

The suspect vehicle, being driven by the accused in a dangerous manner, left the scene, travelling down multiple side streets. Police reported that eventually it drove the wrong way down Ellice Street, which is a one-way street, and impacted a second vehicle at the intersection of Division Street. According to the release, the force of this collision caused the impacted vehicle to drive off the roadway and strike a house.

Police arrested the accused for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. According to the release, further observations were made that the accused was also impaired by alcohol. The accused was subsequently transported to police headquarters where they provided two breath samples. They were found to have approximately two times the legal limit of alcohol in their system.

According to police, the accused was later released with a future court date. Their driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days and they would face a one-year suspension if convicted. The vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days, with the accused being responsible for all fees and fines.

Police said that the two individuals who had been in the vehicle that had been struck at Division Street and Ellice Street were transported to the hospital by Frontenac Paramedics with minor injuries.

Gabriel Yeoman, a 21-year-old individual from Gatineau, Quebec, was charged with:

  • Dangerous driving
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol/drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Leaving an accident scene while failing to give their name and address

Yeoman was also charged with careless driving and driving the wrong way on a one-way street contrary to the Highway Traffic Act, police said.

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