Man fleeing collision scene crashes a second time

(Dec 20th, 2017-Kingston, ON) A 23-year-old local man has been arrested for impaired driving after Kingston Police officers witnessed him flee the scene of a collision and then lose control at the next turn.

On December 20, 2017 at approximately 1:00 a.m. officers were in the area of Princess Street and Smith Street when they observed the male driving westbound on Princess. In plain view of the officers, he slammed into the back end of another vehicle stopped for a red light at MacDonnell Street. The collision pushed the other vehicle into the intersection and the accused then fled southbound on MacDonnell.

Officers followed the accused, who quickly lost control attempting to turn right onto Durham Street. The vehicle careened onto the south sidewalk and came to a stop. The accused opened his door, but upon seeing the officers approach he remained in his vehicle and made no further attempts to flee.

The male was arrested for impaired driving and transported to police headquarters where he provided two breath samples. Kingston Police state that he was found to have more than 2 ½ times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The accused was charged with failing to remain at the scene of a collision under the Highway Traffic Act and with impaired driving and operating a vehicle with over 80 mg of alcohol.

The accused was later released with a future court date. His driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days and 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.