Kingston Police have charged a 27-year-old Ajax man, a 23-year-old from Pickering, and a 19-year-old, also from Pickering, after their flight from police ended with their vehicle destroyed by a train.
On March 29, 2018 at approximately 1:25 p.m. the 27-year-old accused was driving on Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard with four other occupants inside the vehicle, including the 23-year-old and 19-year-old accused. The Kingston Police Drug Enforcement Unit was investigating the 27-year-old for possession of illicit drugs and requested a patrol unit stop the suspect vehicle. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it rammed the drug enforcement vehicle, causing significant damage. The suspect vehicle then fled north on Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard running red lights at John Counter Boulevard and Dalton Avenue before heading west on Highway 401.
OPP was alerted and located the suspect vehicle on Highway 2. The suspects fled police through much of the region, including several county roads north and south of the 401. During the chase, the suspects were seen to throw an object out of the vehicle’s window, and two of the passengers exited the vehicle. The pursuit continued through the Loyalist County area until the suspect vehicle was driven off the roadway and onto the CN Rail tracks at County Road 7. The vehicle quickly became inoperable, having travelled approximately 200 metres into the train tracks. Just as the occupants were removed from the vehicle and arrested, an eastbound passenger train struck the vehicle. The vehicle was completely destroyed as it was thrown from the tracks. No passengers on the train were injured.
A quantity of cocaine the accused parties had thrown from the vehicle was recovered. The accused parties were transported to Kingston police headquarters where they were held to attend bail hearings.
All three accused were jointly charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. The 19-year-old was additionally charged with breach undertaking. The 27-year-old was additionally charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, breach of undertaking, and breach of probation.