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CK police briefs - Friday, May 19, 2023

Police allegedly find illegal drugs on suspected impaired driver

A 38-year-old Chatham man is facing a pair of charges after he was allegedly caught driving drunk while also carrying around a powerful painkiller.

Chatham-Kent police said an officer on general patrol stopped a vehicle on Michener Road in Chatham at around 1 a.m. Friday and believed the driver was under the influence of alcohol, so he was arrested and taken back to police headquarters for breath tests.

When police searched the man, they also allegedly found some suspected hydromorphone.

The man has been charged with drug possession and having a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit.

He was later released pending a future court date.


Jewelry, cash, baseball cards targeted by thieves

Chatham-Kent police are investigating a pair of daytime break-ins in Chatham where some jewelry, cash, and other valuables were stolen.

Police said in the first case, someone broke into a home on Lark Street sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, causing about $300 in damage.

Whoever broke in took off with some jewelry, cash, and family documents with an estimated combined value of $2,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Kyle Merritt at kylem@chatham-kent.ca

CK police said in the second case, someone forced their way into a home on Riverview Line sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday.

Officers said in that case, whoever broke in stole jewelry, a US silver dollar, and some TOPPS baseball cards.

The total value of the theft in the second case was estimated at approximately $10,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Craig Marentette at craigm@chatham-kent.ca

Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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