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Man has seven charges after lying about identity to police

Yesterday morning a 42-year-old Leamington man was arrested over a traffic stop that happened two months ago.

On December 4, 2021 a traffic officer was conducting speed enforcement on Talbot Trail near Four Rod Road. He stopped a vehicle travelling 96km/h in the posted 60km/h zone. The driver verbally identified himself as a Chatham-Kent resident and provided personal information. He was issued a speeding ticket and sent on his way.

On January 30, 2013, a citizen of Chatham-Kent called police to report that he received written notice in the mail that he had been convicted of a speeding offence that occurred on December 4, 2012. He insisted he was not driving at that time and place. An investigation began that revealed the true identity of the driver. It was learned he was serving two driver’s licence suspensions when he was stopped.

Yesterday, the same officer that issued the original ticket went to Leamington to find the suspect. Police located the suspect driving on Talbot Street and he was arrested.

Frank Charamba, 42, of Erie Street South in Leamington has been charged with identity fraud, obstructing a peace officer, driving while under suspension (four counts), and speeding. He was released from custody with future court dates.

The vehicle was impounded for seven days as per Ontario’s vehicle impound program.