Chaos in Kitchener: Impaired Driver Flees Scene, Struck Police Cruiser, K9 Track, Etc



Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police have charged a driver with multiple offences, including impaired driving, in connection to a hit-and-run investigation in Kitchener.

On April 7, 2024, at approximately 1:30 a.m., police witnessed a Hyundai travelling north at a high rate of speed on Regina Street North strike a Honda that was also heading north.

As an officer approached the Hyundai, the driver put his vehicle in motion and fled east on University Avenue East.

A short time later, police located the vehicle being operated in a dangerous manner on Bridge Street West near Northfield Drive East in Waterloo. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however, the driver failed to stop, and out of concern for public safety, officers initiated a suspect apprehension pursuit.

The driver continued to operate the vehicle dangerously, striking a police cruiser and rendering it inoperable.

Police then located the vehicle, unoccupied, off of Martin Grove Road around 1:45 a.m.

WRPS officers, including members of the Canine Team, began a search for the driver through farm fields, first locating the vehicle’s key fob, and then, shortly before 2:15 a.m., the driver.

As a result of the investigation, the driver, a 35-year-old Kitchener male, was arrested and charged with multiple offences, including:

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration

Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs 

Dangerous operation

Assault peace officer

Operation of a conveyance while prohibited

Failure to stop after accident (two counts)

Flight from police (two counts)

The accused was held in police custody for a bail hearing.

If you suspect an impaired driver or witness driving behaviour that puts others at risk, please call 9-1-1.

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