One man has been arrested and police are searching for at least two other suspects in connection with stunt driving incidents in North York and Scarborough last weekend.
Police say it all began just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning when they were called about a number of vehicles taking over the intersection of McNicoll Avenue and Placer Court.
Police say over 100 people had gathered in the area and the road was set on fire using an accelerant while vehicles spun in circles, “drifting” and doing “doughnuts”.
When police arrived to disperse the crowd, they were swarmed by a group of spectators who damaged the police cruiser before fleeing the scene.
Later that morning, just before 3:30 a.m., police were called to the intersection of Meadowvale Road and Zoo Road where similar stunt driving incidents were taking place. A police cruiser was also damaged in that incident as the large crowd of people fled the scene to a third intersection, Meadowvale Road and Dean Park Road.
Police say a total of 19 people were charged under the Reopening Ontario Act for gathering despite the ongoing pandemic.
Following an investigation, police arrested a 19-year-old man from Waterdown, near Hamilton. Joshua Goodale-Chapman is facing several charges including arson and stunt driving. The car allegedly used in the incident has been impounded.
Police were quick to credit numerous tips from the community in making the arrest.
“We had people phoning the police, giving us clues to his identity,” Supt. Paul MacIntyre of 42 Division tells 680 NEWS. “So when you’re doing this and you’re doing this in front of hundreds and hundreds of people, you can be pretty assured that there is going to be somebody in that crowd that is going to drop a dime to police the next day and identify you, and we did see that in this case.”
Police have released surveillance images of two other people wanted in connection with stunt driving incidents. One is a woman who can be seen leaning out the window of one of the cars performing stunts in the video that was circulated on social media. She’s described as having long brown hair, approximately 20 years old, wearing a black jacket with fur around the hood and a black face mask. She was also seen carrying a red gas tank.
The second suspect is described as a man, wearing glasses, a red hooded sweatshirt and black pants.