New CKPS Bike Patrol Unit makes a pair of arrests in Chatham

The scene after a two-vehicle collision on Adelaide Street near Wellington Street. September 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Brock Tedford)

Officers with the Chatham-Kent Police Service’s newly minted Bike Patrol Unit were busy cleaning up the streets Tuesday, making a pair of arrests.

Police said members of the Intelligence Unit and the Bike Patrol Unit arrested a 26-year-old Tilbury man after he allegedly took off running from the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Adelaide Street near Wellington Street in Chatham over the noon hour on Tuesday.

Investigators said the man fled the scene as police arrived. When police were searching the man, they also allegedly found some suspected methamphetamine on him.

The accused was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving while prohibited, drug possession, and two counts of failing to comply with his release conditions.

He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

In a separate case, an officer with the bike patrol arrested a 24-year-old man accused of stealing a small drone from a gas station on Grand Avenue in Chatham.

Police said the man attended the gas station on September 15 and took off with the drone, which is valued at approximately $100.

A suspect was identified with the help of some video surveillance and a member of the bike patrol unit found him on Richmon Street in Chatham Tuesday morning and arrested him.

The accused was charged with theft and possession of property obtained by crime and was later released with a future court date.