March 2, 2020 to March 8, 2020

Members of the LaSalle Police Service, working from Monday March 2nd to Sunday March 8th, were kept busy responding to 311 occurrences and calls for service. Some of the many calls and occurrences include:

18 – Emergency 911 Calls
4 – Alarms
1 – Assault Complaint
2 – Assist Ambulance
3 – Assist Other Police Service
5 – By-Law Complaints
3 – Domestic Dispute
9 – Driving & Traffic Complaints
2 – Family Dispute
9 – Frauds
1 – Harassment Complaint
1 – Impaired Driving Complaint
1 – Insecure Premises
4 – Mental Health Act
1 – Mischief
2 – Motor Vehicle Collisions
16 – Suspicious Activity
3 – Thefts
1 – Threats Complaint
93 – Traffic Stops & Vehicle Checks
1 – Warrant executed
2 – Wellness Checks

March 3rd

Elderly Person with Dementia – Lost Their Way
At approximately noon, LaSalle Police Officers responded to the area of Windsor Crossings Premium Outlets for a report of an elderly person with dementia who had left their residence for a walk and had not returned for an hour. Officers received a description of the person and immediately began searching the area. A short time later, a good samaritan attended the residence with the person in question in their vehicle. They had located them in Windsor, quite a distance from where they started out. The elderly person was in good spirits and no worse for wear but they were confused and were not able to communicate where they lived. Luckily they had a paper with them that contained a phone number for their residence which enabled the samaritan to contact the reporting person and drive the person home. This situation ended well however The LaSalle Police Service would like to inform our citizens that we have a vulnerable persons registry in place to assist in identifying and returning such vulnerable persons to their residences or care facilities. Generally we record a photo and personal data including persons names and contact numbers who are charged with their care. If you would like to register a vulnerable person in your care that is at risk of wandering, please visit our web site for further details. https://www.lasallepolice.ca/vulnerable-persons/

Traffic Offence
On the evening of March 3rd an officer had the occasion to a stop a vehicle on Malden Road near Delmar Street. In the course of the investigation the officer learned that the registered owner was a suspended driver for unpaid fines. The officer spoke with the male driver advised that the vehicle was uninsured and that he intending to sell the vehicle. The driver was served with two Part III Summonses; driving while under suspension HTA 53(1) and owner operate motor vehicle on a highway – no insurance CAIA 2(1)(a). The vehicle was removed from the roadway by LaSalle Towing. The driver now has a court date to answer to the charges. The minimum fine for a first offence of not having insurance on the vehicle is $5000.00. The Minimum fine for a first offence of operating a motor vehicle on a highway while suspended (provincially) is $1000.00

Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
Operate Motor Vehicle on a Highway – No Insurance
2 (1) Subject to the regulations, no owner or lessee of a motor vehicle shall,
(a) operate the motor vehicle; or
(b) cause or permit the motor vehicle to be operated,
on a highway unless the motor vehicle is insured under a contract of automobile insurance.
(3) Every owner or lessee of a motor vehicle who,
(a) contravenes subsection (1) of this section or subsection 13 (11); or
(b) surrenders an insurance card for inspection to a police officer, when requested to do so, purporting to show that the motor vehicle is insured under a contract of automobile insurance when the motor vehicle is not so insured,
is guilty of an offence and is liable on a first conviction to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $25,000 and on a subsequent conviction to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $50,000 and, in addition, his or her driver’s licence may be suspended for a period of not more than one year.

Highway Traffic act of Ontario

Driving while driver’s licence suspended
53 (1) Every person who drives a motor vehicle or street car on a highway while his or her driver’s licence is suspended under an Act of the Legislature or a regulation made thereunder is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable,
(a) for a first offence, to a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $5,000; and
(b) for each subsequent offence, to a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $5,000,
or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.

March 4th
Suspicious Circumstances
At approximately 5:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Martin Lane and Matchette Road for a report of a male who was observed with what appeared to be a firearm that he had placed in his front pocket. A description of the male and direction of travel was obtained. Officers quickly arrived in the area and notified Monseigneur Caron School after-hours day-care to make them aware of the investigation. A male matching the description was located nearby and it was discovered that he had only a cell phone and a pair of gloves with him. He had been out for a run in the area of the call but had only stopped momentarily stopped to change songs on his phone and catch his breath before continuing his run. The male did not have any firearm in his possession. The reporting person was updated with the results.

March 5th
Motor Vehicle vs. Stop Sign Collision
At approximately 4:00 pm, an officer attended the intersection of Maple Avenue and Divine Street for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles had reportedly failed to remain at the scene. It was determined through the reporting person as well as a witness that the reporting motorist was just about to enter the intersection with the right of way when the approaching vehicle failed to stop at its designated stop sign from the intersecting roadway. Observing that a collision was immanent, the reporting person swerved to avoid a collision with the other vehicle causing them to strike the stop sign on the southwest corner instead while the other vehicle continued to drive away. The vehicle was described as a 4 door sedan, blue/teal in colour. Anyone who may have observed or has information about this collision is asked to contact the LaSalle Police Service and reference Occurrence #20-2867.

March 6th
Driving Complaint
In the early evening, an officer was informed of a driving complaint in the area of Snake Lane. The reporting person advised that a vehicle was driving “all over the road” and was last seen stopped in the middle of the road. A licence number was provided which led the officers to a residence in the area of the complaint. The vehicle was located in the driveway of the registered owner and the officer spoke with them regarding the complaint. In speaking with the driver, the officer was satisfied that they were not under the influence and any intoxicating substances. Their explanation was that they were cutting the corners in the curves, a practice that they do regularly without issue. They were advised to remain in their lane of travel in the future. No further police involvement was required and investigation / report was completed.

March 7th
Suspicious Vehicle Following Pedestrian
Just after 6:00 pm, an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Victory for a report from a female believing she was being followed by an unknown male in a pickup truck. She was out for a walk when she noticed the pickup which seemed to be moving in relation to her (from behind), keeping approximately the same distance the entire time. Fearful that she was being followed, she finally stopped to talk to some people who were outside their residence to inform them of the circumstances while the vehicle continued to drive away. The officers conducted a thorough investigation and the driver of the vehicle later attended the LaSalle Police Service to speak with an officer to explain. In this instance it was found to be a coincidence as the driver had been dealing with another matter and was just out for a drive to sort through their own issue. After the investigation it was determined that there was no nefarious intentions. The complainant was apprised of the outcome and was relieved.

If at any moment, you feel like you are being followed by a person/vehicle while walking or driving, find a way to call 911 right away.
If the incident happened in the past and you are not in any immediate danger, call our non-emergency line 519 969-5210 to speak to an officer to file a report.