CK police briefs – Monday, August 19, 2019

UPDATE: High-speed chase investigation 

Chatham-Kent police have released updated information about a high-speed chase that took place on August 9.

Officers were called about a van that was speeding along Longwoods Road near West Bothwell Road on August 9, just before 7 p.m. Police originally reported that, due to safety concerns, the chase was called off as it entered Chatham. 

Police have now clarified that the incident was inaccurately reported, and officers did in fact pursue the stolen van through Chatham. With the assistance of a local farmer, the stolen vehicle from Windsor was located in a ditch on St. Philippe’s Line near Jacob Road the next morning. A Dodge Ram truck stolen from near where the van was recovered was located by a neighbouring police agency and charges were laid.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the stolen van that was found in the ditch and add that they regret that inaccurate information was provided to the public. The matter is being reviewed by the Chatham-Kent Police Service.

Early morning crash causes $20K in damage

A 21-year-old Thamesville man has been charged with failing to yield to the right of way after an early morning collision just south of Tupperville.

Police said shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, they responded to a two-vehicle collision on Oldfield Line near Centre Side Road.

A Chatham woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Total damage is estimated at $20,000.

Drunk driver caught by police

A concerned citizen is getting the credit for helping police to pull an alleged impaired driver off of the road.

CK police said it happened Sunday afternoon in Chatham. Officers got a call about a vehicle swerving on Grand Avenue and they were able to locate the vehicle.

At that time, they believed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, so the driver was arrested and given a breathalyzer.

As a result, a 39-year-old Chatham man has been charged with having a blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit. He was released and given a future court date.

Police are reminding people to give them a call if they suspect that someone is driving under the influence.

Argument leads to mischief charge

A man is facing a mischief charge after an argument got physical.

According to police, a verbal argument broke out Sunday night in Chatham between two men who know each other.

As one of the men left, he allegedly damaged the door of the other man’s home. A 30-year-old Chatham man was arrested as a result and charged with mischief under $5,000. He has since been released and given a future court date.

Breach of conditions arrest

A man is in trouble with the law after allegedly getting into a verbal argument with someone he wasn’t supposed to be communicating with.

The man was originally released from court in July with probation conditions not to communicate with a specific woman or be within 100 metres of her.

However, on Sunday night the man allegedly went into the woman’s house and started arguing with her. Once police were called, he ran from the area.

Officers were able to locate him around 1:30 a.m. Monday. The 55-year-old has been charged with two counts of failing to comply and is being held in custody for a bail hearing.

Chatham man charged with theft

Police were able to nab a suspect in connection with a shoplifting incident.

It happened around 6 p.m. on Sunday when officers responded to a call at the Canadian Tire in Chatham. Police located the 28-year-old suspect and arrested him. He has been charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained in a crime under $5,000 as well as breaching his probation order.

He has since been released with a future court date.

Wanted woman caught by police

A traffic stop in Chatham has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old woman.

It happened Sunday night when an officer on general patrol initiated the stop.

Through investigation, cops learned that a woman in the vehicle was wanted by OPP. She was arrested and turned over to OPP for court purposes.