The Chatham-Kent Police Service responded to 193 calls for service in the last 24 hours. Two people were arrested.
Man Charged with Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Police (CK23022016)
On May 6th, 2023 at approximately 5:39pm police responded to a suspicious person call in the area of King Street W in Chatham. Upon arrival, police located a man who provided several fake names to officers in an attempt to disguise his identity. Through investigation, police ascertained the man’s real identity and a subsequent check of his name revealed several outstanding warrants.
While attempting to take him into custody, the man actively resisted police and attempted to escape. After a brief struggle the male was eventually arrested. As a result, he was additionally charged with Obstructing Police, Resisting Arrest and Escape Lawful Custody. The 41-year-old Chatham man was subsequently transported to police headquarters and held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Man Arrested for Violating Prohibition Order (CK23022022)
On May 6th, 2023 at approximately 6:01pm, police received a call reporting a male party to be riding a bicycle on Princess Street N in Chatham with a long gun under his arm. Police immediately responded and a short time later located the male suspect attempting to leave a residence in the area. The man was arrested by police and two air rifles were recovered at the scene and seized as evidence.
The 47-year-old Chatham man was charged with two counts of Possessing a Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order and was ultimately transported to police headquarters where he was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
MOVE TO THE RIGHT
An emergency vehicle is driving behind me with their lights on! What do I do??
Drivers are legally required to pull over when they see emergency personnel approaching with their emergency lights activated. This includes police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who are responding to emergencies. Failure to do so can result in fines, demerit points on your driver’s license, and even criminal charges if someone is injured or killed as a result of your actions.
There are several reasons why drivers need to pull over when they see emergency personnel approaching with their emergency lights activated:
1. Safety of emergency personnel: Every second counts when emergency personnel respond to an emergency. By pulling over and giving them a clear path to the scene, drivers can help ensure they arrive quickly and safely. This is particularly important for firefighters and paramedics who may need to transport critically injured patients to the hospital.
2. Safety of other drivers: When emergency personnel are approaching with their emergency lights activated, they often drive at higher speeds and may need to pass through red lights or stop signs. By pulling over, drivers can help ensure that other drivers are not at risk of a collision with emergency vehicles.
3. Legal requirements: As mentioned earlier, failing to pull over for emergency personnel violates Canada’s law. The penalties for this offence can be significant and can impact your ability to drive in the future.
4. Common courtesy: Pulling over for emergency personnel is also a matter of common courtesy. These men and women are putting their lives on the line to help others, and it is essential that we do everything we can to support them in their efforts.
In summary, drivers in Canada must pull over when they see emergency personnel approaching with their emergency lights activated. This is not only a legal requirement but also a matter of safety and common courtesy. By doing so, drivers can help ensure that emergency personnel can respond quickly and safely to emergencies and that other drivers are not put at risk.
Drivers can be charged if they do not slow down or move over when it is safe to do so. Drivers can face the following penalties:
First offence: fines ranging from $400 to $2,000. 3 demerit points if convicted possible suspension of driver’s licence for up to 2 years
Subsequent offences (within 5 years) : fines ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. 3 demerit points if convicted possible jail time of up to 6 months possible suspension of driver’s licence for up to 2 years. It is also illegal to follow within 150 metres of a fire vehicle or ambulance responding to a call.