Student in University District charged a second time with obstructing police

Kingstonist file photo of Kingston Police attempting to control traffic and party-goers in the University District. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Kingston Police and City of Kingston Bylaw Enforcement kept the streets clear in the University District this past weekend. Over 120 charges were laid through the University District Safety Initiative (UDSI), and four major incidents were reported by Kingston Police in a release dated Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.

During the evening of Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at approximately 10:45 p.m. an 18-year-old Queen’s student was walking on Bader Lane with open alcohol and was consequently arrested when he refused to identify himself and was publicly intoxicated, according to police. The male began resisting arrest and pulling away when handcuffs were being applied, police said.

When eventually identified, officers determined the accused had committed a similar offence on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 — just three weeks earlier — with different officers, running from them after giving a false name and address. According to the release, he had left evidence at the scene of the first offence and was consequently arrested on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 and charged with obstruct police. He was released at that time on conditions not to consume or possess alcohol and to abide by a curfew between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., both of which he was discovered breaching, police said. As a result, the recent arrest led to further criminal charges of breaching two conditions of his undertaking and resisting arrest. He now faces a total of four criminal charges between both events, in addition to Liquor Licence Act offences.

Kingston Police and Bylaw Enforcement responded to a total of 210 noise complaints from Friday through to Sunday (Sept 24-26, 2021) in the University District. Total charges and penalties between the two agencies were:

  • 6 Criminal Code charges
    • 2 obstruct police
    • 2 breaches of release conditions
    • 1 mischief
    • 1 prowl by night
  • 41 Liquor Licence Act offences
    • 40 open alcohol
    • 1 public intoxication arrest and charge
  • 61 aggravated nuisance party AMPs
  • 13 amplified sound AMPs
  • 2 obstruct AMPs

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