Release Date: August 23rd, 2019 - 10:35pm
Originator: Staff Sergeant, Eric Schwab, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, (905) 825-4747 ext. 2216
Contact: D/Constable, Autumn Mills, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, (905) 825-4747 ext. 2285
On August 21st, 2019, at approximately 8:00 p.m. a teenage male was captured on a "Snap Chat" social media video hurling a large steel construction sign off of the Winston Churchill Boulevard/QEW Highway overpass. Fortunately the sign landed in the grassy area which separates the merge lanes and the right lane of traffic on the highway, and did not strike any moving vehicles. Although no one was injured, this reckless criminal act was taken very seriously by the Halton Regional Police Service, and an investigation was initiated immediately. A police request for public assistance in identifying the offender resulted in a huge influx of information being provided by members of the public, and the media. On Friday, August 23rd, investigators identified the young person responsible. He was arrested, charged with Mischief Under $5,000 and Common Nuisance, and released from custody after being issued a court date in relation to the stated offences. The Halton Regional Police Service would like to thank those members of the public and media who made efforts to assist with this investigation. Their cooperation with our investigators exemplifies the vitality and steadfastness of our community, and the effectiveness of collaboration in achieving a swift and successful resolution.