CK police briefs – Thursday, May 12, 2022

Police use “emergency maneuver” to stop drug-impaired driver

A 39-year-old Chatham man is facing a handful of charges after he was allegedly caught driving while impaired and failed to stop for police.

Chatham-Kent police said officers found the vehicle while they were following up on a 911 call just after 10 p.m. Wednesday about a possible impaired driver.

Police said they believed the man was driving under the influence, so they tried to pull him over, but the vehicle didn’t stop.

Officers said they used an “emergency stop maneuver” to get the vehicle to stop and then arrested the driver.

He was taken back to police headquarters and evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert who concluded that he was impaired by a drug.

Police said further investigation showed that the man was also allegedly banned from driving and suspended from driving for medical and remedial reasons.

The accused was charged with one count each of fleeing from a police officer, impaired driving, driving while prohibited, and two counts each of driving while suspended and failing to comply with a release order.

He was set to be held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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Woman accused of stealing from Chatham store

A 35-year-old Chatham woman has been arrested and charged after she allegedly stole some items from a store on Grand Avenue West in Chatham.

Police said the woman was seen taking the items and leaving the store without paying for them at around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers said they found the woman in the area of the store, adding that the stolen property was returned.

The accused was arrested and charged with theft and possession of stolen property and later released with a future court date.

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Police follow up on neighbour dispute call

Chatham-Kent police are issuing a reminder to homeowners that arguments over property lines don’t necessarily need law enforcement to get involved.

Police said they received a call Wednesday evening from some neighbours in Chatham who had a disagreement over the removal of a fence and the cutting of some tree branches.

The officers who followed up on the call advised the people involved to refer to the Line Fences Act or to proceed with property line location.

Police said locating property lines is the responsibility of the property owner through a land surveyor and they’re reminding members of the public that the Line Fences Act can provide information that may be helpful with resolving disputes between neighbours who have adjoining properties.