CK police briefs – Thursday, February 18, 2021

Snow bank slows down impaired driver in Chatham

A Chatham man is facing charges after he allegedly backed his vehicle into a snowbank while he was impaired and then tried to pull away from the officer who was arresting him.

Chatham-Kent police said they pulled the man over while they were responding to a domestic disturbance call in Chatham Wednesday night.

The man allegedly backed out of his driveway and right into a snow bank, but officers pulled him over just as he started to drive away.

Police said the man got out of the vehicle and immediately started arguing with them.

Police said they believed the man was driving under the influence of alcohol, so they arrested him, but he allegedly pulled away from the officer and tried to go back to the residence.

He was taken into custody after what police said was a “short struggle” and was then taken back to police headquarters for breath tests.

As a result of the investigation, the man was charged with having a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit, escaping lawful custody, and resisting arrest.

He was later released pending a future court date.


Two crashes in CK

Two drivers were taken to the hospital for medical attention after a crash on St. Clair Street near Maple Street in Chatham Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the damage was estimated at $20,000, adding that the crash is still under investigation.

Officers were also called to a separate two-vehicle crash — also Wednesday afternoon — on James Street between Duncan Street and Creek Street in Wallaceburg.

No one was injured as a result of that collision. A 58-year-old Port Lambton man was charged with making an unsafe turn.


Chatham man accused of pointing firearm

A 22-year-old Chatham man is facing charges for allegedly pointing a firearm and threatening people during an argument over the weekend.

Police said a family dispute was reported at a Chatham residence on February 13, around 1:30 a.m. Police said the man was in possession of a loaded rifle during an argument with three people.

Members of Community Patrol, the Critical Incident Response Team, and a negotiator were eventually able to talk the 22-year-old into surrendering himself to police. He was taken into custody around 3 a.m. After searching the residence, police said the 22-year-old also possessed three additional firearms and ammunition.

Police said no one was physically injured during the incident.

The 22-year-old was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purposes, two counts of pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm, and uttering threats.  He has been remanded into custody pending a future court date scheduled for February 24.


Police investigate shoplifting complaint in Chatham

Chatham-Kent police are asking for help from the public in identifying a woman in connection to a shoplifting complaint at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Chatham.

Police said the complaint was made Wednesday afternoon at the Shoppers Drug Mart location on Grand Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Donald Letourneau at or 519-436-6600 extension 87074. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Police looks to identify woman in connection with a shoplifting complaint. February 18, 2021. (Photo courtesy of CKPS).


Man runs from police during traffic stop

A 35-year-old Wallaceburg man was arrested and charged after police pulled over a vehicle on Dufferin Avenue in Wallaceburg on Wednesday that had a stolen license plate attached to it.

Police said after the vehicle was stopped Wednesday morning, the driver took off running, but was arrested after a short foot chase.

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


Man spits in cruiser after arrest

A Chatham-Kent police cruiser had to go through a deep cleaning after a man who was arrested allegedly spit several times on the partition in the vehicle.

Police said the man was arrested after he was pulled over on Park Street in Chatham at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

At that time, police learned that the man was currently suspended from driving for driving while impaired by drug.

As a result of the traffic stop — and the spitting — the man was charged and later released with a future court date.


Scrap wire, tools stolen

Chatham-Kent police are investigating after someone broke into a building under renovation on Sixth Street in Chatham and took off with some scrap wire and some hand tools.

Police said the break-in took place sometime between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, adding that the total value of the stolen goods is estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Jayme O’Reilly at or 519-436-6600 extension #87006.

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