A 23-year-old Chatham man is facing charges in connection to a driving incident that caused a motorcyclist to take evasive action into oncoming traffic.

Chatham-Kent police said on Monday at 2 p.m. the accused was driving a car with his girlfriend and her two young children on McNaughton Avenue in Chatham when he began driving an erratic manner. This resulted in another man, who was riding his motorcycle, to have to maneuver into oncoming traffic to avoid being struck by the car, police added.

When the car and motorcycle got to the intersection of McNaughton Avenue and Sandys Street at the same time, police said the accused got out of the vehicle and shoved the man off his motorcycle.

The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries and there was some slight paint and handlebar damage caused to the motorcycle, police said.

Police said it was determined through investigation the two men know each other.

On Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m., the accused was arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assault and Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by a qualified driver.

He was released from custody with a Nov. 10 court date, police said.

Man facing assault, drug charges

A 21-year-old Chatham man landed in trouble with the law after an assault was witnessed by Chatham-Kent police officers on Wednesday night.

Police said officers were on general patrol around 9:30 p.m. when they saw the accused walking with a woman on Queen Street.

The officers stopped the couple when they saw the man intentionally kick the woman in the leg, police said.

The accused resisted and became combative when being arrested, resulting in officers placing him on the ground to handcuff him, police said.

Police found marijuana on the man when he was being searched while being arrested.

The accused faces charges of assault and a drug possession. He was taken to police headquarters and held for a bail hearing, police said.

Woman disobeying curfew, found with drugs

Chatham-Kent police found drugs in the possession of a 40-year-old Walpole Island woman who was disobeying a curfew condition at the time.

Police said the woman, who was released from custody in June for the offence of assault with a weapon, was ordered to obey a curfew of between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily.

At 2 a.m. on Thursday, police said an officer on general patrol on Dufferin Avenue in Wallaceburg saw the accused riding a bicycle with no light and stopped her.

Her identity was confirmed and she was arrested and charged with failing to comply. During a search of the accused, police found drugs, including hydromorphone and marijuana, in her possession, which resulted in charges of drug possession.

She was released with a Nov. 8 court date.

Source: Chatham Daily News