Serious charges from traffic stop

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What began as a simple traffic stop for speeding Tuesday has resulted in drug and weapons charges against two local men.

Yesterday morning, around 10:15 a.m. a Chatham Kent Police Service officer on general patrol was conducting speed enforcement at the intersection of Talbot Trail and Four Rod Road when he observed a truck travelling 93 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver falsely identified himself.  Through investigation, the officer identified the man and learned that he was currently suspended from driving for unpaid fines and remedial measures.

The driver was arrested and upon searching the vehicle, brass knuckles and marijuana were seized.  A query of the driver further revealed that he was bound by conditions not to communicate with his passenger, possess unlawful drugs, substances or weapons.  The passenger was fully aware of the driver’s conditions and was in the truck on his own free, therefore he was also arrested for facilitating the breach.  The truck was impounded for seven (7) days.

The driver, a 52-year-old Raleigh Township man has been charged with speeding, two counts of driving while under suspension, obstruct police, possession of a prohibited weapon, four counts of failing to comply and drug possession.

The passenger, a 44-year-old Camden Township man has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, two counts of facilitating the offence of failing to comply and drug possession.  Both men have been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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