Police make multiple arrests in drifting and street racing investigation

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Peel Regional Police recently collaborated with York Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police to address illegal street racing activities occurring on the streets and highways of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and beyond.

Project Drift stands for Dangerous Racing Investigative Focus Team, which was created to support officers involved with the ongoing Eliminate Street Racing on Streets Everywhere (E.R.A.S.E.), program.

The E.R.A.S.E. program, which began in 1999, is a joint forces operation that focuses on targeted enforcement and educational components for those who engage in illegal street racing.

In a conference today (October 1), police said the driving behaviours that were captured far exceeded the threshold of what constitutes a dangerous driving charge.

Investigators determined that those who involved themselves in these types of activities, were engaged in highly-organized and coordinated attacks on the roads.

This included taking over entire intersections and disrupting the travel of other residents, according to police.

Police say those involved with these groups are not car enthusiasts and are responsible for dangerous disruptive vehicle manoeuvres which include staged street races, drifting, stunting and other hazardous driving behaviours which often occur in the presence of large crowds.

Members of the investigative focus team gathered information and evidence during this project, which resulted in the execution of several warrants and the arrests of the following individuals.        

Jonathan Rooplal, a 25-year-old man from Toronto has been charged with dangerous driving (aiding and abetting) x2, obstruct person in lawful seizure, cause disturbance and dangerous driving.

Tyler Kendall, a 29-year-old man from Brampton has been charged with dangerous driving (aiding and abetting) x12 and obstruct peace officer.

Mohamed Djebel-Ameli, a 22-year-old man from Richmond Hill has been charged with dangerous driving (aiding and abetting) x4.

Torrell Campbell, a 22-year-old man from Barrie has been charged with dangerous driving (aiding and abetting) x11.

Harmanjot Rehal, a 23-year-old man from Mississauga has been charged with dangerous driving (aiding and abetting) x4.

Amidulla Baluch, a 21-year-old man from Toronto has been charged with drive while prohibited, fail to comply with recognizance, breach of probation, possession of property obtained by crime x2 and breach of probation order. 

For more information on the rules of the road, visit Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation.

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