Operation Impact 2021 kept Chatham-Kent police busy over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Police reported participation in the national public awareness campaign – aimed at making Canada’s roads the safest in the world – resulted in 197 tickets for such infractions as not wearing a seatbelt and speeding.
Three motorists were charged with impaired driving, resulting in 90-day licence suspensions and having their vehicles impounded for seven days, police said.
Two drivers were charged with stunt driving, which came with a 30-day licence suspension and their vehicles being impounded for seven days, police said.
Officers also checked 140 vehicles during RIDE programs conducted throughout the municipality.
Although this campaign has come to an end, road safety remains a priority and officers will continue to focus on behaviours that put all road users at risk, police said.
“Road safety is literally in your hands, so please don’t let the impact of your decisions be a collision on our roads,” police said.
Impaired driving charge
A 47-year-old Tecumseh man is facing an impaired driving charge after a Chatham-Kent police officer spotted a suspicious vehicle travelling on Wheatley Road around 3 a.m. Thursday.
The vehicle was pulled over and the officer suspected the man was driving while under the influence of alcohol. The man reportedly failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and transported to police headquarters for further breath tests.
He was charged with impaired driving and released with a Nov. 19 court date, police said.
Break and enter
Chatham-Kent police are investigating a break and enter at the Esso gas station and convenience store on Queen Street in Chatham around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said about $1,000 damage was caused by two suspects forcing their way into the building. The two thieves took some cigarettes.
The first suspect was wearing a bandana over his face, a black hoodie, dark pants, running shoes and was carrying a back pack.
The second man was wearing a hoodie, baseball hat, dark jeans and carrying a back pack.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Curtis Conn at email@example.com or 519-436-6600 ext. 87349. Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Dirt bike stolen
Chatham-Kent police are investigating the theft of a dirt bike.
Police said the vehicle, valued at $400, was stolen some time between 5 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 10 a.m.on Oct. 13 after entry was gained by force into Dave Cragg’s Towing compound on Merritt Avenue in Chatham.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Destiny Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-436-6600 or ext. 87309. Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
No injuries in three motor-vehicle crashes
There were no injuries in the three motor-vehicle crashes Chatham-Kent police investigated on Wednesday.
Police were called to a crash on Woods Street in Chatham in the morning after a 59-year-old Chatham man struck a parked vehicle.
Total damage was estimated at $15,000, and the driver was charged with failing to turn out to left to avoid a collision.
Police were also called to a two-vehicle crash on Queen Street in Tilbury in the morning.
Total damage was estimated at $7,000, and a 61-year-old Belle River man was charged with not safely starting from a parked position.
In the afternoon, police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Countryview Line between St. Clair Road and Prince Albert Road.
A 47-year-old Dresden woman lost control of her vehicle and struck a hydro pole, causing an estimated $12,000 damage. She was charged with making an unsafe move, police said.