CK police briefs – Thursday, October 31, 2019

Charges laid after crashes across CK

Four drivers are facing charges in connection with a few collisions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Police said the first of the three was at the intersection of Winter Line Road and Pain Court Line in Dover Township. Emergency crews were called there at around 8 a.m. Wednesday for a two-vehicle collision.

Both of the drivers were taken to the hospital for medical attention and a 35-year-old woman from Connecticut was later charged with failing to yield the right of way. The damage was estimated at $20,000.

Police got a call about the second crash about an hour later — at around 9 a.m. Wednesday. This time, it was for a two-vehicle crash on Creek Street near Wellington Street in Chatham.

A 77-year-old Wallaceburg man was taken to the Sydenham District Hospital with minor injuries and was later charged with failing to yield the right of way. The damage in that case was estimated at $15,000.

Meanwhile, first responders were called to a three-vehicle crash on St. Clair Street in Chatham around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The collision caused a power outage in the north east end of Chatham. No injuries were reported but damages are estimated at $25,000. A 32-year-old Chatham man is charged with a Highway Traffic Act offence.

A fourth collision took place on Indian Creek Road in Chatham at around 7 a.m. Thursday.

In that case, the damages were estimated at $20,000 and a driver was charged with an undisclosed offence under the Highway Traffic Act.

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Suspect arrested after business break-in

A 22-year-old Chatham Township man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a business in downtown Chatham and then resisting arrest when police caught up with him.

Chatham-Kent police said the investigation started when an officer on general patrol was investigating a suspicious noise in downtown Chatham at around 1:20 a.m. Thursday.

Police said as the officer was driving toward the noise, police received an alarm call at a business on King Street West. When the officer arrived at the scene, they saw that the front door of the business had been smashed and that several items had been stolen.

Police said they were able to identify a suspect after reviewing some surveillance footage and found the man a short time later, still in the city’s downtown core.

The suspect allegedly pulled away when he was being arrested and then took off running before he was eventually stopped and taken into custody.

The accused is now charged with break and enter, escaping lawful custody, and resisting arrest. He was later released with conditions and a future court date.

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Man charged with failing to comply

Chatham-Kent police are crediting an observant citizen with tipping them off about some suspicious activity that led to an arrest in Chatham.

Police said someone called officers Wednesday morning after seeing a man acting suspiciously in the backyard of a home and then going inside.

Officers said when they showed up at the residence, the man answered the door, but then quickly closed it.

Police said through their investigation, they learned the man had entered the home through an unlocked door while the homeowner was still sleeping — even though he had previously ordered not to attend that residence.

As a result of the investigation, a 35-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with two counts of failing to comply.

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Domestic violence investigation leads to arrest

A 20-year-old Chatham man has been arrested and charged with multiple domestic violence-related charges after officers responded to a disturbance call at a Chatham residence Wednesday night.

Police said their investigation showed that a verbal argument between a couple there escalated to a physical altercation — and that this was not the first incident of domestic violence between the couple.

The accused was charged with four counts of assault, two counts of assault with a weapon, and one count of uttering threats. He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Halloween safety tips

Chatham-Kent police are reminding drivers to be extra careful on the roads on Halloween — especially in residential areas with extra foot traffic expected there.

They’re also recommending that children always trick-or-treat with a responsible adult and that if they are going out as a group, they should stick together and set a specific time that they plan to be home.

You can find more safety tips on their website by clicking here.