News in Brief: Kingston Police catch-up

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Queen’s grad student arrested for poisoning colleague 

Kingston Police were called to campus on Jan. 29 following a report of poisoning between two graduate students.

A Jan. 30 press release from Kingston Police stated that “after becoming ill, the victim accused a fellow researcher and former roommate of poisoning his food.” 

On Jan. 29, the accused was seen administering a clear substance near the victim’s lunch. According to the release, “the victim also recalled experiencing a bitter taste in his food over the past few weeks.” Furthermore, every Friday when he drove home to his family, Kingston Police said the victim reported his water had “a chemical taste and smell.” 

The accused was apprehended at their shared residence, arrested and transported to police headquarters. They were then charged with administering noxious chemical and assault with a weapon.

The victim and accused were formerly roommates and fellow researchers as of recently. The victim has since received medical attention. 

— Jasnit Pabla 

Stolen vehicle driven the wrong way on Princess Street

A 36-year-old man has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle following an incident on Princess Street near Barrie and Division on Jan. 30. 

A patrol officer initially spotted the vehicle at 1:30 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 30 being driven the wrong way on Princess St., according to a Kingston Police press release from that day. 

“The officer activated emergency lights and pulled up in front of the vehicle,” the release read. “The driver then accelerated and jumped the curb taking off at speeds above 70 km/h.” 

The officer followed the vehicle to a Johnson Street address where it was found still running, crashed into the porch and without the driver. Witness accounts eventually led police to find the accused on Garrett Street, where he was arrested. 

Following a search of the vehicle, police uncovered crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and a flip knife. Upon further investigation, the man was found to be under three driving suspensions and the origins of the stolen vehicle were traced to Kitchener.

He was transported to police headquarters to attend a bail hearing, where Kingston Police charged him for “failure to stop for police, possession of stolen property, possession of prohibited weapons, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.”

— Jasnit Pabla 

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