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Single vehicle collision results in impaired driving charges for Kingstonian

An individual from Kingston has been arrested and charged after they were found to have been impaired while driving and causing a collision.

A Kingston Police officer inspects a vehicle after it collided with a tree on Yonge Street on the night of Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

The single-vehicle accident occurred just before midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Kingston Police, Kingston Fire and Rescue, and Frontenac Paramedic Services were all dispatched at approximately 11:55 p.m. to the collision, which took place on Yonge Street, just north of Union Street and west of Queen’s University’s west campus. The vehicle involved – a four-door car – collided with a tree, crumpling the front end of the vehicle upon impact.

According to Kingston Police, the driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was uninjured in the collision. After requests for information on the incident from Kingstonist, police indicated on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, that the driver had been arrested, however, police were unable to provide further information at that time.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, Kingston Police confirmed that the driver was arrested due to impaired driving, noting in a press release that officers on scene that night “made observations” that the driver was impaired by alcohol.

“The accused was arrested and transported to police headquarters where they provided two breath samples. The accused was found to have more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in their system,” Kingston Police said.

The charged driver was later released with a future court date. Their driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and the driver will face a one-year suspension if convicted. Additionally, the involved vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days. The drier will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

The 22-year-old driver was charged with impaired operation of a conveyance (vehicle), and impaired operation of a conveyance while exceeding the legal blood alcohol concentration.

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