At 1:10 p.m. yesterday, a traffic officer observed a Ford Explorer traveling on Richmond Street in Chatham and conducted a traffic stop to investigate the status of the license plates.
The officer learned that the driver was serving two active license suspensions. He also discovered that the license plates belonged on a different vehicle, the validation sticker had been tampered with, and that there was no insurance coverage on the vehicle.
A 36-year-old Lorne Avenue in Chatham was charged with:
* Driving While Under Suspension (two counts)
* Using Plates Not Authorized for Vehicle
* Defacing Validation
* Driving Without Insurance
* Failing to Surrender Permit for the Motor Vehicle
The Ford Explorer was towed and impounded for seven days in accordance with Ontario’s Vehicle Impoundment Program.
The Chatham-Kent Police remind drivers that driving while under suspension, using improper plates, and defacing validation stickers are all arrestable offences under the Highway Traffic Act.