Toronto Police has made an arrest and is seeking the public's help in identifying 20 other suspects as part of an active investigation into stunt driving across Scarborough.
On Sunday, April 4 at approximately 2.55 a.m., police were alerted that a group of individuals had taken over the intersection of McNicoll Ave. and Placer Court.
It’s alleged that a group of over 100 had gathered despite the COVID-19 pandemic public health restrictions, the roadway was set on fire using an accelerant, vehicles were performing stunts and spectators recorded the event in close proximity to the spinning vehicles.
When police arrived, a group of spectators swarmed and damaged a marked cruiser before fleeing the area.
Joshua Goodale-Chapman, 19, of Waterdown, was arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a conveyance, arson, stunt driving and failing to comply with an order under the Reopening Ontario Act.
The vehicle used in the stunt driving incident was impounded.
Superintendent Paul MacIntyre, the 42 Division Unit Commander, reminded members of the public that speeding and stunt driving can kill.
“Drivers performing reckless stunts show a blatant disregard for the safety of themselves and the public, while those who actively watch are also putting themselves in harm’s way,” he said. "The community should not, and does not, have to tolerate this and we will actively identify and arrest people who take part in these events. Make no mistake, if you participate in these illegal activities, we won’t hesitate to go anywhere in the Province to arrest you – and we will take your vehicle.
“We are now also a year into a global pandemic where positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Events like this could spread the virus and put the community at further risk. Again, this will not be tolerated and officers will disperse groups and charge people."
The same morning, April 4, at about 3:25 a.m., police were alerted to a group of vehicles that had taken over the Meadowvale Rd. and Zoo Rd. intersection.
It’s alleged that a crowd of about 100 people had gathered at the intersection, the road was set on fire using an accelerant and a marked police cruiser was damaged by an unknown man.
The crowd dispersed and a group of people moved to another location at Meadowvale Rd. and Dean Park Rd.
A total of 19 people were charged under the Reopening Ontario Act.
Following a further investigation, Joshua-Goodale-Chapman, was re-arrested and additionally charged with dangerous operation of a conveyance, stunt driving, arson and fail to comply with an order under the Reopening Ontario Act.
Police are asking for the public help in identifying two suspects.
The first is described as a woman with long brown hair, approximately 20 years old, wearing a black jacket with fur around the hood and a black face mask. She was carrying a red gas tank.
The second suspect is a man, who was wearing glasses, a red hooded sweater and black pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com.