An 18-year-old Perth Road male ended up arrested and charged after passing a Kingston Police traffic officer going at least 100 km/h over the posted speed limit.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, the traffic officer, who was on his way to work in his own personal vehicle, was passed while travelling southbound on Sydenham Road. The young male, driving a Ford pick-up, was also following too close prior to passing the officer, uncontrolled and at a high rate of speed, Kingston Police said.
The officer continued to follow and pace the vehicle, which reached a speed of 160km in a 60 km/h zone near Bur Brook Road.
The speedometer of the officer’s personal vehicle was later verified as accurate having been tested by a radar device.
The officer was able to get the driver’s attention to stop the truck near the intersection of Sydenham Road and Hwy. 2.
The driver told the officer he was speeding because he was late for work.
The 18-year-old, who was driving with only a G2 licence, was arrested and taken to the police station. He was later released after being charged with a number of Highway Traffic Act violations:
• Stunt driving (driving in excess of 50 km/h over the posted speed limit)
• Speeding (at 160 kilometres per hour in a 60 km/h zone)
• Careless driving
• Driving an unsafe vehicle.
The driver’s vehicle was automatically impounded for seven days under the stunt driving legislation. The accused’s licence was suspended, also for seven days. The driver will be responsible for the towing bill and the impoundment fees, Kingston Police said.
If convicted under the stunt driving legislation, the young male faces a minimum fine of $2,000, with a maximum fine of $10,000. His licence could be suspended for up to two years.
Upon a subsequent conviction, that suspension could be for up to 10 years.
The accused’s insurance is likely to increase dramatically, police said, and some companies actually refuse to consider providing coverage for those convicted of stunt driving or racing. Additionally, the accused stands to lose his employment, according to Kingston Police, as a large part of his job involves driving.