Wednesday, July 23, 2008


If reading the police blotter doesn't make one pause to reconsider our transportation choices, nothing will...(excerpts below)

Police Blotter
A roundup of calls July 16 to 22 (2008)

The Hamilton Spectator, (Jul 23, 2008)

Rice and Mohawk
Wednesday, July 16, 6 p.m.

A 75-year-old woman showing off her new car to a friend hits the gas instead of the brake and drives into her 83-year-old husband. The collision sends him through the laundry room door into the house. He is taken to hospital with non-life-threatening head and leg injuries.

Fennell and Garth
Thursday, July 17, 10 a.m.

A car collides with a city bus causing substantial damage. The bus driver is taken to hospital as a precaution. The driver is charged with making an unsafe lane change.

Cumberland and Holton
Thursday, July 17, night

Police see two men steal a car from Eastgate Square. They discontinue their chase when the car thieves take off at dangerous speeds. Information helps them find it later, and they charge a 32-year-old Hamilton man with possession, dangerous driving and dangerous driving while prohibited.

Trinity and Sawmill
Thursday, July 17, 8 p.m.

Police chase a large SUV stolen from Meadowlands Power Centre. They stop the chase when the driver hits dangerous speeds on Book Road. They find the SUV flipped at a sharp curve. An Ohsweken man, 20, tries to run but is arrested and charged with theft, possession, dangerous driving, flight from police and possessing burglary tools.

North Service and Fifty
Thursday, July 17, 11 p.m.

A large SUV careers off the road into a field, crosses another street and comes to rest in a second field. A 54-year-old man from Grassie is charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath test.

King and Bay
Saturday, July 19, 1 a.m.

Police pull over a 21-year-old Ancaster man in a modified car and charge him with street racing. He loses his ride and licence for a week.

Centennial and King
Sunday, July 20, 8 a.m.

A 21-year-old man is on his way to a car show in Grimsby in his BMW when he is pulled over for doing 130-plus kilometres an hour in a 70 km/h zone. The G2 driver loses his licence and his ride for seven days.

Bay and Harbourfront
Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m.

A woman learning to drive in Bay-front Park parking lot hits the accelerator pedal instead of the brake, bounces off a tree, panics and drives down a boat ramp into the water.

403 and the Linc
Tuesday, July 22, 4:45 p.m.

An eastbound truck carrying powdered cement stops for traffic congestion. A second truck carrying auto parts collides with the cement truck. The second truck is damaged and its fuel tank ruptures, causing 200 litres of diesel fuel to spill. The cement truck is severely damaged. No one is injured. Rush-hour traffic is tied up as two eastbound lanes close for four hours.

Anyone with information can call Hamilton police at 905-546-4925 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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