CK police briefs – Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Blenheim man accused of pushing officer after crash

A Blenheim man is facing charges after he allegedly crashed a vehicle and then ran off through a field.

Chatham-Kent police said they responded to the scene of the single-vehicle collision in the area of Harwich Road and Welch Line Saturday night, adding that when officers arrived, they saw the driver trying to flee the scene with a cooler.

Police believed the man had been driving under the influence of alcohol, so they attempted to arrest him.

However, the man allegedly resisted arrest, pushing an officer and leaving the cooler behind as he took off through a nearby field.

Officers were not able to track him down until he turned himself in on Tuesday.

A 35-year-old Blenheim man is now charged with impaired driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, and assaulting police.

He was later released with conditions and a future court date.

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Man yells at boy, grabs his shirt

A 58-year-old Chatham man is charged with assault after he allegedly yelled at an 11-year-old boy and grabbed his backpack and shirt Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the boy was on his way home from school at the time and had set his backpack down on the sidewalk while he stopped to scooter with some friends on McNaughton Avenue in Chatham.

Officers said at that point, the man approached the boy and started yelling at him before grabbing his backpack and his shirt. The boy was able to contact his father, who was nearby at the time.

The man who allegedly grabbed the boy was arrested, charged, and later released with a future court date.

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John Deere gator stolen from Ridgetown Campus

Chatham-Kent police are appealing to the public for tips after someone forced their way into a barn at the University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus and stole a 2018 John Deere gator with a snow plow attachment on the front.

Police said it’s believed the vehicle was taken sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, adding that the total value of the theft is estimated at $12,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Kelly McCormack at kellymc@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 extension #85118.

Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for cash reward.

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Stunt driver stopped on Queens Line

A 25-year-old man will have to hitch a ride with someone else for the next week after he was allegedly caught going way too fast on Queens Line between Chatham and Tilbury.

Police said the driver was recorded going 152 kilometres per hour in a posted 90 km/h zone on Tuesday.

As a result, the man’s license and his truck were both taken away for seven days.

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Tools reported stolen in Chatham

Chatham-Kent police are asking for the public’s help to solve a pair of recent break-ins where some tools and other personal property were reported stolen.

Police said sometime either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, someone entered a garage on Hyslop Street in Chatham and took off with several Ridgid tools, a Tippman Cronus paintball gun, a children’s snowmobile helmet, and two LiteHawk remote control cars.

The total value of that theft is estimated at $3,400.

In the second case, police said someone entered a garage on Sheldon Avenue in Chatham sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and stole a black and yellow Champion 4000 generator and two DeWalt disc sanders.

The total value of the generator and the sanders is estimated at $1,500.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Brad Hessel at bradhe@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 extension #87270.

Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.