A local man is facing a long list of charges after police stopped a stolen vehicle in Chatham.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service said on Tuesday at around 1:48 p.m., a senior officer spotted a vehicle travelling in the area of Gray and Raleigh streets that had been reported stolen from a Dove Place residence earlier in the day.
Front-line officers responded to the scene, stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver and a passenger.
Police discovered that the driver was already facing numerous charges that had resulted in the suspension of his driver’s license. Officers also believed the driver was driving while impaired and following a search, he was allegedly found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl.
As a result, the 28-year-old Chatham-Kent man who was driving the vehicle is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, three counts of operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, six offences under the Highway Traffic Act, and one offence under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
The passenger, a 52-year-old Chatham-Kent man, was also charged with possession of stolen property. He was released from custody with conditions and a future court date.