Man facing multiple charges after traffic stop on Victoria Road

A 35-year-old Highgate man is facing multiple charges after a traffic stop on Victoria Road Friday night.

On March 9th, around 10:30 p.m. a member of Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police was conducting radar enforcement on Victoria Road near Beechwood Line when they observed a northbound motor vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit of 90 km/hr. The radar registered a speed in excess of 140 km/hr.

Members conducted a traffic stop and while speaking with the driver, the officer determined the driver had consumed alcohol. The driver was transported to detachment for further tests. While at the detachment, the driver refused to provide a breath sample. Police say he also caused damage to one of the cells.

OPP say the male driver, Robert Manchester, has been charged with the following:

  • driving while ability impaired – motor vehicle, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada,
  • fail or refuse to provide sample, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada,
  • mischief – obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • race a motor vehicle – excessive speed, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act,
  • novice driver – B.A.C above zero, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act,
  • driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor, contrary to the Liquor Licence Act,

He will appear in Ontario Court of Justice on March 30th to answer to the charge.

The driver’s licence has been suspended and the vehicle impounded for a period of seven days, as per statute.

Chatham-Kent OPP remind drivers that stunt driving or racing is one of the most serious and reckless forms of aggressive driving, and it puts everyone on the road at serious risk of injury or death.

  • The penalties for driving 50 km/hr or more over the speed limit are as follows:
  • Immediate 7-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • Upon conviction, $2000 to $10,000 fine, 6 demerit points, up to 6 months jail, up to 2 years licence suspension for a first conviction
  • Driver’s licence suspension of up to 10 years for a second conviction within 10 years.

For more information, visit the OPP website at, or visit the Ministry of Transportation website at

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