CK police briefs – Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Tipster alerts police to allegedly impaired driver

A 43-year-old Chatham man has been charged after someone called in a tip about a possible impaired driver in Chatham Tuesday night.

Chatham-Kent police said someone called 911 to report the driver near the intersection of Sandys Street and Grand Avenue in Chatham at around 7 p.m. Tuesday after a minor collision.

Police said an officer on general patrol later spotted the vehicle in the area of Lacroix Street and King Street West, adding that the driver was allegedly slumped over the wheel while the vehicle was stopped at a red light.

The officer was then able to reach through an open window and put the vehicle in park before the driver was taken back to police headquarters for breath tests.

The man was later charged with having a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit and then released with a future court date.

Police said they want to thank the observant citizen who called in the incident and they’re encouraging anyone else who may see a suspected impaired driver on the roads to call 911.

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OPP police dog tracks down suspect who fled from stolen vehicle

A 38-year-old Walpole Island man is finding out the hard way that you can’t hide from Blitz.

Lambton County OPP said the police service dog helped officers to find the man on a vacant property after being called in to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle on Altiman Road near River Road on Walpole Island First Nation just after noon on Tuesday.

Police said an individual was seen fleeing from the vehicle into a nearby bush lot and that’s when the Canine Unit and the Emergency Response Team were called in.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident, charged, and taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Enclosed trailer reported stolen in Chatham

Chatham-Kent police are looking for the public’s help to find a silver enclosed trailer that was reported stolen from Storey’s Auto Place on Richmond Street in Chatham.

Police said it’s believed it was taken sometime between Sunday, January 2 and Tuesday, January 4.

The trailer was unplated at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Sommer Phenix at sommerphenix@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 mailbox #87254.

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

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Copper wiring, power tools stolen from construction site

Police are appealing to the public for tips as they try to solve a break-in at a construction site at a school on McNaughton Avenue in Chatham.

Police said someone broke into the site sometime between December 30, 2021 and January 4, 2022 and took off with several roll sof copper wiring, a Rigid dry vacuum, a Stanley socket set, and a Bosch grinder.

The total value of the stolen items is estimated at approximately $10,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Kristen Charron at kristenc@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 mailbox #87352.

You can also submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers.

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Email, Facebook message lead to Bothwell man’s arrest

A 32-year-old Bothwell man has been arrested and charged with two counts of breaching his release conditions after he allegedly contacted a Thamesville woman he wasn’t supposed to be communicating with.

Chatham-Kent police said the man was banned from communicating with the woman as part of his release conditions back in October last year.

Police said despite that, the man had allegedly contacted the woman twice in December via email and Facebook Messenger.

He was arrested on Tuesday, charged, and later released pending a future court date.

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Stolen truck, refrigerator both recovered

Chatham-Kent police have recovered a pickup truck and a refrigerator that were both reported stolen recently, but they’re still investigating both cases.

Police said Lambton OPP managed to find the black 2007 Ford F-150 pick-up truck in their jurisdiction Tuesday afternoon after it was stolen from a residence on Park Line in Wallaceburg late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Kyle Blommers at kyleb@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 mailbox #87286.

In the second case, officers found a refrigerator at a residence in Chatham Tuesday afternoon that was reported stolen from the Speed-D-Mart car wash on Bloomfield Road. It was later returned to its rightful owner.

Police are still investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Fraser Curtis at fraserc@chatham-kent.ca.

You can also submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers for any of the investigations listed above.

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Teen driver charged for driving unaccompanied

A 17-year-old Merlin teen and his mom have both been charged after he was allegedly caught driving with a G1 license, unaccompanied by a licensed driver.

Chatham-Kent police said they caught up with the teen while they were checking on the well-being of a driver who had pulled over to use his cell phone on Port Road on Monday.

The investigation showed that the teen was a G1 driver and not accompanied by a licensed driver, so he was charged accordingly.

His mother was also charged with “permitting a novice driver to drive in contravention of a condition or restriction.”