A joint-force operation involving several police services targeting organized stunt driving has led to charges against 70 people and more than 60 vehicles being impounded.
York Regional Police (YRP) said Tuesday the investigation began after multiple reports between May 1 and June 24 of large gatherings of people at parking lots and intersections to engage in stunt driving and street racing. The behaviour included intersection takeovers, stunt demonstrations and races.
Police said the events were highly organized and heavily publicized on social media.
YRP partnered with Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police and the Ontario Provincial Police to launch Project Takeover.
The operation involved and covert and overt surveillance, including the York Regional Police helicopter in a bid to dismantle the groups organizing these events.
Police laid a total of 67 criminal charges and 279 Highway Traffic Act charges. As well, 57 drivers’ licences were suspended.