Disturbance at Tim Hortons this week, Espanola

Serious Disturbance at Tim Hortons

On June 24, 2016 at 4:00 a.m., the Espanola Police Service received a call to attend the Tim Hortons on Centre Street, in relation to a customer who was causing a disturbance inside.

While responding, an officer was waved down in the area of Queensway Street, by a frantic male and female, who told the officer that the individual from the Tim Hortons had followed them out of the restaurant, and wouldn’t leave them alone. The male, later identified as a 30-year old resident of Sarnia, was across the street yelling at the two individuals, and appeared agitated. He then began walking in an aggressive manner towards the police officer, despite the officer’s commands for him to stop, and ignored warnings to stop yelling or he would be arrested for causing a disturbance. Upon the arrival of a second officer, the male, who had refused to stop yelling, was advised that he was under arrest and resisted by pulling his arm away, then striking one of the officers, momentarily knocking the officer to the ground. As the male continued to struggle, and took up a fighting stance, an officer deployed his Taser, which quickly incapacitated that male, and allowed him to be brought under control.

As a result of the incident, the Sarnia resident was charged with causing a disturbance, assault police, and possession of an unauthorized weapon, as a concealed switch blade knife was located on his person. He will appear in Espanola Court on August 2, 2016, to answer to his charges.

Spousal Assault at the Espanola Complex

On June 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., the Espanola Police Service received a complaint about a Domestic Dispute that started inside a Park Street residence, and continued out onto the roadway. The witness described seeing a male “freaking out” on a female, and believed that the male had struck the female. Within minutes of the complaint, officers located the female outside of the Espanola Complex in an emotional state. The male, a 29-year old Espanola resident, was located inside the complex, and arrested and charged by officers for spousal assault. He was released a short time later on a Promise to Appear, and placed on conditions, which included remaining away from the victim, or from attending her residence.

At 9:55 p.m., the Espanola Police Service received a call from the father of the victim, advising that the male had showed up at his daughter’s residence, in contravention of his conditions. As a result, the male was located and arrested the following day, and charged with fail to comply with an undertaking before an officer in charge.

He will appear in Espanola Court on August 2, 2016, to answer to his charge.

Impaired Driver with No Licence

On June 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., an EMS Paramedic waved down an Espanola police officer while on patrol, to report that he had just been cut off by a car that passed him, causing him to brake heavily to avoid hitting the car.

The officer quickly located and stopped the car, and upon speaking to the male driver, the officer determined that he was unlicenced, and had been consuming alcohol. The driver told the officer that he’d insisted on driving to impress his girlfriend and 3 friends who were in the vehicle. Pursuant to a demand, the officer obtained a sample of the driver’s breath into an approved screening device, which registered a “Fail,” and subsequent breath tests at the police station provided readings of 136 mgs and 142 mgs of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.

As a result of the 18-year old Espanola residents attempt to impress his friends, he was charged criminally with operation with over 80 mgs of alcohol, and charged under the Highway Traffic Act with drive motor vehicle – no licence. He will appear in Espanola Court on August 2, 2016, to answer to his charges.

The vehicle, which was owned by the male’s girlfriend, was impounded for 7-days pursuant to statute.