Police chase in ‘Burg ends with 2 arrests

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Man, woman arrested in stolen vehicle

Two Southwold residents face serious charges after someone tried to evade police in a stolen vehicle Monday morning in Wallaceburg.

Chatham-Kent police say an officer observed a vehicle parked on Albert Street in Wallaceburg about 9:40 a.m. After verifying that the vehicle had been reported stolen to Middlesex OPP on July 14, the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

However, police say the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, trying to evade police by changing streets multiple times.

The vehicle crossed a railway crossing on Cemetery Road at high speed, resulting in contact with the railway and subsequent damage that immobilized the vehicle.

Upon apprehension, the officer found a man in the driver’s seat and a woman in the passenger seat; both were arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed a stolen cheque and a bag containing suspected cocaine. Further investigation confirmed that the man operated the vehicle without a valid driver’s license or insurance coverage.

A 31-year-old Southwold man was charged with the following offences:

  • Flight from police
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of stolen property (x2)
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Drawing a document without authority
  • Driving without a valid driver’s license
  • Driving without insurance

The man as transported to police headquarters and held pending a bail hearing.

A 31-year-old Southwold woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

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