Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Crash and pursuit leads to numerous charges

A man faces several charges after an incident, which began with a crash in Chatham.

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials allege last night, around 11:30 p.m., officers responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Richmond Street in Chatham.

“The man lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and struck a light pole, knocking it to the ground,” police officials allege.

“An officer on general patrol observed the man fail to remain on scene and drive away. The officer attempted a traffic stop, however the man did not stop and proceeded through a stop sign and red light at a high rate of speed. For public safety reasons, the officer stopped pursuing the man.”

Officers located the vehicle again on Kent Bridge Road near Fairview Line with a flat tire and the driver was arrested, police officials say.

“Through investigation, police learned that the vehicle was stolen from Halton Region and that the man was currently suspended from driving for medical reasons and remedial measures, police officials say.

The 73-year-old man of no fixed address has been charged with:

– Careless driving

– Failing to remain at the scene of a collision

– Flight from police

– Disobeying a stop sign

– Failing to stop for a red light

– Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

– Possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000

– Driving while under suspension (two counts)

He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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