Chatham man charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest

A 52-year-old Chatham man faces several charges, including resisting arrest and assaulting police, after allegedly leading officers on a vehicle chase Monday night in Chatham.

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A 52-year-old Chatham man faces several charges, including resisting arrest and assaulting police, after allegedly leading officers on a chase Monday night in Chatham.

Police initially received a report of a man who allegedly threatened two strangers in the area of Churchill Park Road around 5:30 p.m. Officers looked for the suspect, but couldn’t find his vehicle.

Police found his vehicle in downtown Chatham just before 9 p.m. They tried a traffic stop, but the man reportedly fled at a high rate of speed.

Police spotted the vehicle again just after 9 p.m. on King Street West with a flat tire. The man kept driving dangerously, police alleged, but then stopped on Inshes Avenue.

The man reportedly locked himself in the vehicle and refused to exit. Officers forced their way into the vehicle and suspected the man was under the influence of alcohol, police said.

The man allegedly resisted arrest and kicked an officer several times, police said. He was taken to police headquarters for breath tests and allegedly registered more than twice the legal limit.

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He was charged with three counts of uttering threats, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assaulting police and having a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit.

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Mischief, resisting arrest

A 46-year-old Chatham man allegedly used his landlord’s broom to move a security camera at a Lorne Avenue residence in Chatham on Monday morning, police said.

He also reportedly resisted arrest as he was taken into custody, police said.

He was charged with interfering with the lawful enjoyment of property and resisting arrest. He was released with a June 22 court date.

Assaulting police, threats

A 15-year-old boy allegedly threatened to damage property at a Chatham home during a family dispute Monday afternoon, police said.

He’d also previously assaulted a family member, police alleged.

As he was being arrested, he allegedly resisted and assaulted the officer, police said. He also allegedly spit all over the rear of the cruiser.

He was charged with uttering threats, assault, resisting arrest, assaulting police and mischief with a value less than $5,000. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police Week

Chatham-Kent police praised their relationship with the Canadian Mental Health Association on Tuesday as part of the Police Week theme, “Working Together to Keep Our Communities Safe.”

The mental health association supports people in the criminal justice system at the Ontario court of justice in Chatham.

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“Our court services section and the Canadian Mental Health Association maintain a close working relationship dedicated to ensuring access to justice,” said a Chatham-Kent Police Service news release. “Through police facilitation, two (association) mental health workers, whose main duties (are) at the courthouse, focus on criminal proceedings and providing valuable assistance to individuals and their families navigating the court system.

“This includes, but is not limited to, assisting with court protocols and appearances, release from custody, arranging medical health practitioners, accessing the Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine clinic, suicide prevention, food, housing and other necessities of life.”

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