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Man arrested after break in and pursuit

The Chatham-Kent police have charged a man following an incident in Chatham Township Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. Thursday police responded to residence on Prince Albert Road about a break and enter. The homeowner pulled into her driveway and observed a man carrying a box from her garage towards a parked car with the rear door open. The man dropped the box when he saw the homeowner arrive and fled the property by driving his vehicle over the woman’s front lawn. The homeowner checked her garage and noticed that a Craftsman mitre saw value at about $450 had been stolen from her unlocked garage.

Just before 2:30 p.m. officers observed the man travelling southbound on St. Clair Street. The man accelerated and began changing lanes with no regard for his safety or anyone else on the roadway. In trying to pass a car while turning onto Oxley Drive, the man struck a vehicle causing about $3000 damage. The man did not stop at the scene of the collision and continued westbound on Oxley Drive. Officers stopped to ensure no one was injured as a result of the collision and then located the man’s vehicle parked in a vacant lot on Oxley Drive. In the vehicle, officers found a Craftsman box previously reported stolen by the homeowner. The man was in the immediate area and officers pursued him on foot.

A 24-year-old Chatham man was arrested and has been charged with break and enter, possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.