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Richmond Hill man charged with mischief following spree of collisions

Update: Yonge Street has re-opened from Major Mackenzie to Crosby, and repairs to lights posts and power lines are complete
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York Regional Police have laid multiple charges against a 24-year-old man from Richmond Hill in connection with multiple collisions in the City of Richmond Hill.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at approximately 2 a.m., police responded to the intersection of Yonge Street and Arnold Crescent in the city of Richmond Hill after multiple calls came in about a blue pickup truck driving on Yonge Street, hitting light poles and medians.

Police arrived on scene and located the blue Ford F150 pickup truck up on curb on Yonge Street. The vehicle was severely damaged and the driver had fled the scene.

Officers learned that the driver got into the vehicle in the parking lot of 10711 Yonge Street and began driving around the parking lot and collided with five parked, unoccupied vehicles.

The vehicle exited the parking lot and began driving up and down Yonge Street where it collided with a traffic light, a street sign and a light pole before coming to a stop.

The driver fled the scene on foot, but was located and arrested by Canine unit officers.

Yonge Street remains closed from Major Mackenzie Drive to Crosby Avenue for repairs to the lights posts and power lines.

Fortunately, no one was physically injured during the incident.


  • Joseph Rooney, 24, of Richmond Hill


  • Dangerous operation
  • Failure to stop after accident
  • Mischief over $5,000 x2

The accused will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket sometime today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #2 District at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7200, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at