Hamilton Police Make Arrests at Street Racing Meet
In response to information received from the community, Hamilton Police focused efforts to address driving complaints in the area of Queenston Road and Nash Road North. Undercover officers in unmarked cars conducted surveillance that resulted in vehicles being seized and three males from Hamilton being arrested.
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, shortly before 11:30 p.m., Hamilton Police officers proactively patrolled the area of Queenston Road and Nash Road in response to information received regarding driving complaints. At that time a burgundy Buick sedan was observed exiting the parking lot on the southeast corner. The vehicle engine revved as it conducted a 'burnout' for approximately 3-5 seconds resulting in smoke coming from the rear tires. It then sped off eastbound on Queenston. Police followed the vehicle and a traffic stop was conducted.
The driver, a 24-year-old male from Hamilton, surrendered the appropriate documents and was arrested for stunt driving. He was subsequently released with a court summons scheduled for August 19, 2019. His licence and vehicle were seized for seven days under the Ministry of Transportation regulations.
On Sunday, July 21, 2019, shortly after 10:00 p.m., police observed a group of vehicles speeding as they travelled westbound from the Queenston Road and Nash Road North area. Police followed the group which consisted of cars and motorcycles. The group stopped at the intersection of King Street East and Sherman Avenue North. At that time police observed a red Nissan 350Z and a blue BMW stop side by side at the traffic control. Both drivers revved their vehicles and as the light turned green they sped off. The drivers continued these actions at several intersections. Police were unable to safely stop the BMW; however, after several turns and rapid accelerations by the Nissan driver, police were able to conduct a traffic stop at Main Street East and Gage Avenue South.
The driver, a 26-year-old male from Hamilton, surrendered the appropriate documents and was arrested for stunt driving. He was subsequently released with a court summons scheduled for August 19, 2019. His licence and vehicle were seized for seven days under the Ministry of Transportation regulations.
Through investigation, police identified the driver of the BMW. Efforts will be made to contact him to lay additional charges.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m., police observed a silver Dodge Journey squeal its tires as it left a parking lot on the southeast corner of Queenston Road and Nash Road North. The vehicle continued eastbound on Queenston Road. It was followed by a grey Mazda 3 which mounted the curb and cut off another vehicle exiting the lot. The Mazda 3 drove off in the direction of the Journey. Officers continued after the two vehicles and located them near the intersection of Queenston Road and Greenford Drive.
Police noted the Journey had significant rear-end damage to the passenger's side and minor damage to the driver's side. The three occupants; a male 18-year-old driver, a 16-year-old male passenger and a 17-year-old female passenger, did not receive any injuries.
The Mazda 3 was observed disabled in the roadway with significant damage to the front driver's side. The lone occupant of the vehicle advised of some minor pain in his right leg but declined medical treatment.
Through investigation, police determined the Mazda struck the Journey from the rear, resulting in the Journey striking a hydro pole. The roadway was closed to allow for an investigation.
The driver of the Mazda, a 23-year-old Hamilton man was arrested for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
He was later released with an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
Anyone charged with stunt driving or any of the related offences, if found guilty in court, penalties imposed could result in a fine between $2000 - $10,000, up to six months in jail and a two-year licence suspension.
If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact the Division Two Staff Sergeant’s Office by calling 905-546-2963.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com
- John Murphy, 23-year-old male from Hamilton
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Court Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
- 26-year-old male from Hamilton
- Race motor vehicle
- Court Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
- 24-year-old male from Hamilton
- Stunt Driving- Cause vehicle to lose traction
- Court Date: Monday, August 19, 2019