CK police briefs-Thursday, January 13, 2022

Man Charged with Flight from Police and Dangerous Driving

Police in Chatham-Kent have charged a Blenheim man after he allegedly took off during a traffic stop and triggered a police pursuit.

Police said an officer tried to stop the driver on Drury Line after he allegedly failed to stop for several stop signs in Blenheim around 2 a.m. Thursday, but he did not stop and sped away from the scene.

Police alleged the vehicle was speeding and said the officer chased the vehicle from Communication Road to Huffman Road where the pursuit was terminated for public safety reasons.

Huffman Road is a dead-end road and police said the driver turned around and drove back towards the officer, and a tire deflation device was successfully deployed. The officer then followed the vehicle again in an attempt to stop it, but the driver failed to stop again and continued driving.  Police added the suspect vehicle hit a police cruiser and the driver ran away through a field on Mink Line.

The 25-year-old Blenheim man was arrested following a short foot chase and struggle. He has been charged with flight from police, dangerous operation of a vehicle, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended licence, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and failing to comply with his release conditions.

The man also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

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Man Charged with Domestic Violence

A Sarnia man has been charged with various offences including assault after a domestic violence incident in Chatham.

Chatham-Kent police said the 38-year-old man from Sarnia allegedly assaulted a local woman and threatened her and her children during their relationship. Investigators also said he sent the victim several unwanted text messages when she tried to end the relationship.

The suspect was arrested Wednesday night and charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm, three counts of uttering threats, criminal harassment, and failing to comply with his release conditions.