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20 August 2009
Belleville, Ont. ? On August 20, 2009, a routine attempt to stop a motor vehicle led Belleville Police on a pursuit which started in the north end of the city and ended with the driver fleeing from the vehicle entering the Trent River at Ontario St in the city of Quinte West.
Police tried to stop what was believed to be an impaired driver shortly before1:00 a.m. this morning. When the vehicle did not stop a pursuit was initiated. The fleeing motor vehicle led police through the City of Belleville through the downtown area, and onto Dundas St where the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed, traveling west-bound along Highway 2.
Police continued to pursue the fleeing vehicle with speeds reaching upwards of 160 km/hr. The vehicle entered the City of Quinte West and onto Ontario Street where it entered into the Trent River. The driver exited the vehicle on his own, swimming to shore where he was arrested. The vehicle completely sank into the water.
A 42-year old Frankford man is charged with: Impaired Driving, Driving with Over 80mgs of Alcohol in his Blood, Flight from Police, and Escape by Flight, Failing to Stop for Police, and Driving a Motor Vehicle without Insurance. He has been released from custody to appear in Provincial Court in September.
Liquor Licence Act:
Belleville, Ont. ? On August 20, 2009, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a 34-year old Quinte West man was arrested on Front St in Belleville. The man, who found to be intoxicated from alcohol consumption, was held in police custody for his own protection. He was subsequently charged with Intoxicated in a Public Place contrary to the Liquor Licence Act.
Arrest on Warrant:
Belleville, Ont. - On August 20, 2009, a 56-year old Belleville man was arrested in the Catherine St area at 6:50 pm on a charge of public intoxication. Further investigation revealed the man was wanted on an outstanding warrant held by the Hamilton Police Service on charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Failing to Attend Court. He was held by Belleville Police until the morning of Aug 21st when he was picked up by the Hamilton Police Service to be transported back to Hamilton to answer to the charges.
Police responded to 44 calls for service in the preceding 12 hours. Most calls were minor in nature and included; minor motor vehicle collisions, alarms (many due to the thunderstorm), traffic complaints, noise complaints, liquor disturbances (where people were advised to move along and keep the peace), suspicious persons, and neighbour disputes.