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Drives into ditch, and off to jail

Two people face drug charges following a morning crash on Baldoon Road north of Chatham Thursday morning.

Chatham-Kent police say they received word about 8 a.m. that someone had been driving erratically and then went off the road into a snow-filled ditch on Baldoon Road near Cedar Hedge Line.

Officers arrived and soon believed the man was driving while under the influence of a drug.

The man was arrested and transported to police headquarters where a Drug Recognition Expert conducted an evaluation. As a result, the DRE officer believed the man was impaired by a drug.

Upon being searched incident to arrest, the man was found to be in possession of suspected hydromorphone, fentanyl, oxycodone, drug paraphernalia, a cell phone and large amount of cash.

Through investigation, police learned that the man did not have permission from the registered owner to be driving the vehicle as he was a suspended driver.

Jeremy Swistun, 37, of Chatham was charged with impaired driving, take motor vehicle without consent, driving while under suspension, three counts of failing to comply with his release conditions and three counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking.

His passenger, Lucas Shepherd, 25, also of Chatham, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in connection with two shoplifting incidents at Wal-Mart in Chatham last month. Upon being searched incident to arrest, he was also found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl. He was additionally charged with drug possession.

Too much on display

On Wednesday, a woman reported to police that she observed her neighbour exposing himself while in their apartment building.

Last night, police arrested and charged a 40-year-old Chatham man with committing an indecent act. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Mischief

Around 12:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, police responded to a family dispute in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that the man damaged the siding and doors of the home when he was denied entry. Through investigation, police learned that the man had also damaged a family member’s vehicle.

Officers located the man a short distance away and following a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody.

A 24-year-old man of no fixed address has been charged with two counts of mischief. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Non-compliance

In early January, a man and woman were both released from custody with conditions not to communicate with each other.

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