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CRIME BRIEF: May 30, 2022

May 30, 2022

Type:                 Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-20696
Location:          Brant Avenue
On Monday, May 29, 2022, at approximately 2:00 a.m. officers with the Brantford Police service received a call from an alert citizen to advise of a possible impaired driver. 
Police located the vehicle travelling southbound on Brant Avenue and conducted a traffic stop.
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment and a roadside test was conducted, which the driver failed.
The accused was subsequently arrested and transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were in excess of the legal limit.
Search incident to arrest located approximately 1.2 grams of suspected cocaine in possession of the accused. 
As a result, a 27-year-old man from Hagersville stands charged with the following violations: 
  • 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

 
Type:                 Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:        22-20553
Location:       Brant Avenue and Ava Road
On Saturday, May 28, 2022, at approximately 12:45 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Brant Avenue and Ava Bridge Road, for a motorcycle crash. 
Police received a report from a concerned citizen of a motorcycle that had crashed into the train bridge located at Brant Avenue and Ava Road. The driver was observed to have fled the scene on foot.
Officers located the accused nearby and observed signs of impairment. The accused was arrested for flight from police.
The accused had sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to hospital for treatment.
The accused was required to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were in excess of the legal limit.
Information received confirmed the motorcycle did not have a valid licence plate and was being operated without valid insurance.
Additionally, the accused was operating the motorcycle without a valid driver’s licence as he was determined to be a suspended driver.
Witness information provided to police indicated that the accused was driving at an excessive and dangerous rate of speed on Brant Avenue.
As a result, a 33-year-old man from Paris, stands charged with following: 
  • Operation While Impaired, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • 80 Plus, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Dangerous Operation, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive Prohibited, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Flight from Police, contrary to the Criminal Code  
  • Fail to Remain, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle- Improper Licence, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Owner Operate Motor Vehicle on Highway- No Insurance, contrary to the Compulsory Auto Insurance Act 
  • Drive While Under Suspension, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Contravene Licence Condition- Driving Ability, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
 

Type:                  Stunt Driving
Incident:           22-20533
Location:          King George Road (near Powerline Road)
Friday, May 27, 2022, at approximately 10:15 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service who were conducting road safety enforcement for speed violations in the area of King George Road between Powerline Road and Governor’s Road observed a vehicle travelling at an excessively high rate of speed.
 
A male driver was recorded travelling at a registered speed of 153 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone.
 
As a result, a 28-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Highway Traffic Act violations:
  • Speeding: 153 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone
  • Drive motor vehicle - perform stunt speeding by 50 or more km/hr per hour in the 80 km/hr zone
 
Additionally, the accused was served a 30-day administrative driver’s license suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for 14 days.
 

Type:                  Impaired- Alcohol
Incident:           22-20060
Location:          Grand River Avenue
On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at approximately 11:40 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were conducting targeted speed enforcement on Grand River Avenue as a result of a recent serious motor vehicle collision and several public driving complaints. 
Officers observed a vehicle driving at a recorded speed of 77km/hr. in a posted 40km/hr. zone.
A traffic stop occurred and when speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment. 
The accused was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.
As a result, a 49-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Operation while Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs 
  • Operation while Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentratio
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.

TIGER Unit arrest two, seize $11,450 in illegal drugs

May 27, 2022

22-19852
On Thursday May 26, 2022, members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response (T.I.G.E.R) Unit completed a drug trafficking investigation. 
As a result of the investigation, a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant had been obtained and executed at locations on Charlotte Street. The warrant was executed with the assistance of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Response Team. 
As a result of the search, officers seized the following:
  • Approximately 27.5 grams of suspected Fentanyl
  • Approximately 3 grams of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine
  • Canadian currency 
  • .45 caliber ammunition 
  • Digital scale and multiple cellphones
 
The seized illicit drugs have a total approximate street value of $11,450.  
As a result of the investigation, Aaron Austin DOYLE, 39, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking X 2, contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
  • Breach of Probation contrary the Criminal Code
  • Breach of conditional sentence order contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession contrary to prohibition order contrary to the Criminal Code
 
And Megan Ashley VOS, 29, of Brantford, stands charged with:
  • Possession for the Purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act 
The accused parties have been held for bail.
Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.
Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at:  https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

CRIME BRIEF: May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-19904
Location:          Grand River Avenue
On Monday, May 23, 2022, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after receiving a report of a serious motor vehicle collision in the area of Grand River Avenue.
Investigation revealed that a single motor vehicle was travelling at an excessive rate of speed along Grand River Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway, striking a residence.  The collision resulted in significant damage to both the residence and vehicle.
The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side in the roadway.
Emergency services attended and extricated both the male driver and a male passenger.
Officers on scene observed signs of impairment when speaking with the accused. 
Both the driver and the passenger were transported to hospital for medical treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
No injuries were reported from within the residence.
As a result of the incident, a 45-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
Impaired Operation Causing Bodily Harm 
Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:                  Theft / Drug Charges
Incident:           22-19751
Location:          King George Road
On Sunday, May 22, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service received a report related to a shoplifting offence which had occurred at a retail location near Powerline Road and King George Road.
It was reported that a man and a woman entered the store and allegedly proceeded to steal a duffle bag, placing various other items inside the bag. The accused parties then left the store, paying only for some of the items. Loss prevention officers who observed the offence, contacted police.
Police attended and located the accused male and female occupying a van in the parking lot. 
In speaking with the accused, it was found that the accused male provided a false identity to officers and was subsequently arrested for obstructing a peace officer.
Additional information received indicated an endorsed warrant existed for his arrest. The accused was also found to be operating a motor vehicle without a valid licence.
When speaking with the co-accused, it was determined that an endorsed warrant for her arrest existed as well. 
Search incident to arrest located the stolen items, several pieces of identification not belonging to the accused, drug paraphernalia as well as several small baggies with a variety of drugs portioned out containing a total of the following:
Approximately 3.6 grams of suspected Fentanyl
Approximately 1.9 grams of suspected Crack Cocaine
Approximately 4.2 grams of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine
A quantity of pills; suspected Dilaudid
The stolen items were recovered, and the drugs seized.
As a result, a 40-year-old male from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
Theft Under $5000
Possession of Identity Document 
Obstruct Peace Officer 
Additionally, the co-accused, a 39-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with the following violations:
Theft Under $5000 contrary to the Criminal Code  
5 counts of Possession of Schedule I, and II contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

 
Type:                  Assault
Incident:           22-19582
Location:          West Street
On Saturday, May 21, 2022, at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to an assault related call for service which had occurred at a property located on West Street near Sycamore Street.
It was reported that a man was allegedly residing within an abandoned shed located near the victim’s residence. After hearing noise from within the shed, the victim allegedly confronted the accused male and a verbal argument escalated.
The accused is then reported to have assaulted the 37-year-old male victim, striking him with a metal construction tool. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Information received indicates that the accused is currently in violation of a valid release order.
As a result of this investigation, a 37-year-old male from Brantford (no fixed address), stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
Assault with a Weapon
Possession of Weapons Dangerous 
Fail to Comply with Judicial Release- Release Order
 

Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-19457
Location:          King George Road
On Saturday, May 21, 2022, at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched after receiving a report of a possible impaired driver from an alert employee of a fast-food restaurant located on King George Road.
Officers arrived on scene and located the accused in the driver's seat of her running motor vehicle. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed a can of beer in the hand of the accused. Upon speaking with the female, officers observed signs of impairment.
The accused was subsequently arrested for Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs. The accused was transported to provide samples of her breath as required by law.
The accused refused to comply with the request and as a result of the refusal, a 38-year-old female from Oshawa stands charged with the following: 
Failure or refusal to comply with demand contrary to the Criminal Code 
Operation while impaired - alcohol or drugs contrary to the Criminal Code 
Having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor readily available contrary to the Liquor Licence Control Act of Ontario 
Novice driver - B.A.C. above zero contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:                  Property Damage
Incident:           22-1170
Location:          Fifth Avenue and Erie Avenue
On Thursday, May 19, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a report of a male who had damaged a telephone utility box at a location near Fifth Avenue and Erie Avenue.
Officers attended the scene and located the accused who was in possession of a number of wires that appeared to have been removed from the telephone utility box.
The damage to the utility box resulted in significant disruption to the phone service of a nearby apartment building.
Information received indicated the accused was in violation of a valid probation order.
As a result, a 52-year-old man from Brantford (no fixed address) stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Mischief
Breach of Probation

BPS seek information from public related to trailer thefts; one man arrested

May 24, 2022

Incident # 22-18747
Officers with the Brantford Police Service, with assistance of Six Nations Police Service, have arrested a Branford man and recovered one trailer stolen from the City of Brantford.
Police investigation revealed that between Monday, April 12, 2021, and Monday, May 16, 2022, there have been nineteen trailer thefts reported in the City of Brantford. 
The types of trailers reported stolen include utility trailers, dump trailers, enclosed trailers, flatbed trailers, and camper trailers. To date, police have recovered two of the stolen trailers, leaving seventeen trailers currently outstanding. 
On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 6:30 a.m., a dump trailer, was reported stolen from an Icomm Drive the parking lot.
On Monday, May 16, 2022, at approximately 1:20 p.m., members of the Brantford Police Service and Six Nations Police Service located the trailer at a location on Sour Springs Road, Ohsweken. A search warrant was executed, and the trailer recovered.
As a result of this investigation, Mathew COWAN, 25, of Ohsweken, stands charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code.
Officers are seeking information from the public related to the thefts and are advising members of the public to store their recreational or utility trailers in well-lit, secure locations and to contact police to report any instances of property theft.
Anyone who has any information related to the theft of a trailer is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Additionally, information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 
Public Safety in Partnership with the Community

CRIME BRIEF: May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

Type:                  Impaired - Drugs
Incident:           22-18967
Location:          Gordon Street
On Wednesday May 18, 2022, at approximately 12:00 a.m. officers with the Brantford Police Service received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a possible impaired driver in the area of Gordon Street.
Officers attended the location and observed a man slouched over the steering wheel of a running motor vehicle. The man appeared to be unconscious.
After several attempts, officers were able to wake the man and observed signs of intoxication.
The accused was subsequently arrested for drug-related impaired operation of a motor vehicle. 
The accused was then transported in order to submit to a Drug Recognition Expert for further testing. 
Testing found the accused to be impaired by drug.
As a result, a 32-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Operation While Impaired - Drugs, Section 
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Drug Concentration 
 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.

Type:                  Assault
Incident:           22-18952
Location:          South Street / Darling Street
On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to an assault related call for service which had occurred at two separate locations: a residence on South Street and a residence on Darling Street.
It was reported that at approximately 4:00 p.m., while a man was working in his yard at a residence on South Street, he was confronted by another man (the accused) regarding a dispute over alleged stolen property.
The accused is reported to have assaulted the 39-year-old male victim, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The accused then left the scene.
At approximately 8:40 p.m., the accused attended a location on Darling Street where he allegedly forced his way into the residence, pushing his way past an 18-year-old female victim, in search of the male victim from earlier in the day.  
The accused is also reported to have uttered threats against the two victims. 
As a result, a 52-year-old man from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Assault x 2
  • Breaking and Entering 
  • Uttering Threats

Type:                  Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-18669
Location:          Dunsdon Street
On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched regarding a possible impaired driver in the area of Lynden Road and Wayne Gretzky Parkway.
It was reported that a man had been refused service at a local restaurant due to intoxication and was then observed driving a vehicle.
 
A vehicle description was provided which assisted officers in locating the accused.
Officers located the motor vehicle travelling westbound on Dunsdon Street. The vehicle was travelling at a slow rate of speed, weaving within the lane, impeding the flow of traffic and did not have the vehicle’s lights on. As a result, a traffic stop was conducted. 
In speaking with the driver, signs of impairment were observed. The accused was placed under arrest for Impaired Operation.
The accused was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.
As a result, a 36-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Impaired Operation - Alcohol 
  • 80 Plus 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:                  Impaired – Drug / Trafficking
Incident:           22-18593
Location:          Iroquois Street
On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at approximately 11:30 a.m., multiple calls were received from concerned citizens to alert police to a possible impaired driver, who was reported to have struck two cars parked on Iroquois Street with his motor vehicle before fleeing the scene.
Officers attended and located the accused nearby. Signs of impairment were observed by officers when speaking with the accused.
As a result, the accused was arrested for Operation While Impaired- Drugs. 
Search incident to arrest located approximately 4.3 grams of suspected crack and approximately 0.8 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine. A scale and quantity of currency was also located in possession of the accused.
The controlled substances were packaged in such a way that grounds were formed for the charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
The accused was transported to complete a Drug Recognition Evaluation, where it was determined he was impaired.
Additionally, at the time of the occurrence, the accused was determined to be in violation of a valid probation order and two valid driver’s licence suspensions.
The controlled substances, currency, and drug paraphernalia were seized. 
As a result of this incident, Michael Ross SHARKEY, 43, of Brantford, stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation while Impaired- Drugs- Contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking- Contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 
  • Breach of Probation- Contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive While Under Suspension x 2- Contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:                  Robbery with a Weapon
Incident:           22-18512
Location:          Colborne Street
On Saturday, May 14, 2022, at approximately 8:50 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a robbery related call at a convenience store located on Colborne Street.
It was reported that a female (accused) attended the store with the 21-year-old female victim and allegedly forced her to withdraw funds from a bank machine. 
The accused is reported to have threatened to stab the victim and was believed to be in possession of a knife.
 
Officers attended and observed the exchange between the two females and what appeared to be the handle of a knife visible from a bag the accused was in possession of.
Additionally, information was received to advise that the accused was in violation of an undertaking.
Search incident to arrest found the accused to be in possession of a knife.
 
As a result, a 34-year-old female from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Robbery with weapon 
  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose 
  • Fail to comply with undertaking 
 
The accused was held for bail. 
 

Type:                  Arson – Vehicle Fire
Incident:           22-18384
Location:          Dalhousie Street
On Friday, May 13, 2022, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers of the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a location on Dalhousie Street in regard to an arson investigation. 
 
Officers attended and observed the Brantford Fire Department on scene actively extinguishing two vehicles which were fully engulfed in flames. 
 
The vehicles were located parked underneath the overhang of an apartment building.
 
Firefighters successfully extinguished the fire without any extensive damage to the apartment building however, the fire caused immense damage to both vehicles. 
 
Investigation revealed that the accused is alleged to have purposefully set fire to the vehicles.
 
At approximately 1:15 a.m., officers located the accused nearby who was arrested without incident. 
 
As a result of the investigation, Bryan Michael HENRY, 33, of Brantford (no fixed address), stands charged with the following Criminal Code offences: 
  • Arson - Damage to Property x 2 
  • Arson - Disregard for Human Life 
 
The accused was held for a bail hearing. 
 

Type:                 Assault with a Weapon
Incident:           22-18321
Location:          Helen Avenue
 
On Friday, May 13, 2022, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the accused attended a residence located on Helen Avenue, and after a dispute, the accused sprayed the victim, a 23-year-old female, with dog spray.
 
The victim suffered minor physical injuries as a result of the spray.
 
The accused and the victim were known to each other.
As a result, the accused, a 21-year-old female from Woodstock, stands charged with Assault with a weapon, contrary to the Criminal Code.
 

Type:                  Assault
Incident:           22-18195
Location:          Park Road North and Brier Park Road
 
On Thursday, May 12, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to the area of Park Road North and Brier Park Road regarding an assault.
It was reported that a 19-year-old male physically assaulted an unsuspecting victim, a 48-year-old male. The accused and the victim were not known to each other.
The victim sustained minor physical injuries and was transported to the hospital by emergency medical services for treatment.
Officers attended, located, and subsequently arrested the accused.
As a result of the incident, a 19-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with one count of assault, contrary to the Criminal Code. 

Canada Road Safety Week: Safer You. Safer Me.

May 17, 2022

Today marks the beginning of Canada Road Safety Week, a 7-day national campaign aimed at making Canada's roads the safest in the world. This annual awareness campaign is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roads. The focus of this campaign continues to be on the elimination of impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and driving without a seatbelt.
This year’s campaign offers as a strong reminder that the decisions drivers make not only affect them, but also their passengers, other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians with whom they share the road. Too many drivers make their choices based on the level of risk they are personally willing to accept, with a total disregard for the risk they pose to others. That’s why this year’s campaign theme is "Safer You. Safer Me.”
During Canada Road Safety Week 2022, drivers are reminded to keep their eyes on the road, keep their hands on the wheel, keep their head focused on driving, and keep the safety of themselves and others in mind when they make decisions at the wheel.
The Brantford Police Service is proud to be participating in this year’s Canada Road Safety Campaign. While this public safety initiative is part of a national effort to help advance Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world, our local efforts are aim to make the roads here in Brantford among the safest in Canada.
The Brantford Police Service makes educating the public in safe driving practices a road safety priority. An essential part of our job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Our ongoing enforcement initiatives focus on impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and speeding. These behaviours endanger drivers, passengers, all road users, and pedestrians at risk of serious or fatal injury collisions. 
Our local roadways are to be shared and enjoyed by everyone, please keep this in mind when operating any motor vehicle. The Brantford Police Service is committed to increase public compliance with safe driving in order to prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on our roads. 

Motorcycle Safety: Road safety is a shared responsibility

May 12, 2022

Image: motorcycle safety icon

 
 
The Brantford Police Service makes educating the public in safe driving practices a road safety priority. An essential part of our job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Our ongoing enforcement initiatives focus on impaired driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and speeding. These behaviours endanger drivers, passengers, all road users, and pedestrians at risk of serious or fatal injury collisions. 
At this time of year, we would like to remind all motorists that road safety is a shared responsibility. Riding season is here, and we would like to remind car drivers of the need to be aware of motorcycles and to share the road.
Riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a car. In fact, a crash as a motorcyclist is almost 30 times more likely to be fatal than as a motorist. For motorcyclists, there are a number of steps you should take to stay safe, including:

Take a safety course

A safety course will teach you the rules of the road for motorcycles. You will also learn the appropriate actions to take in unpredictable riding situations that can arise. Driving a motorcycle requires skill and good judgment and a safety course can help you practice these. Consider an advanced riding course to learn collision avoidance maneuvers, advanced turning, control tips and braking techniques.

Gear up

No matter how hot it is outside, shorts, a T-shirt and sandals are not proper riding attire. You can go for extreme protection with leathers or reinforced jackets, pants, and boots.
Glasses or goggles are a must if you have an open-faced helmet and to protect your hands, you should always wear gloves. In warm weather there is specially designed gear that is intended for ventilation and cooling. And, it should go without saying, never ride without a DOT-approved helmet.

Inspect your ride

Make sure your motorcycle is in proper working order every time you go for a ride. This includes checking tire pressure, mirrors, and lights. Taking a quick walk around your bike will give you an idea if there are any loose bolts, leaks, or other potential mechanical hazards. Be diligent about regular care and maintenance.

Stay in the comfort zone

Know your abilities and make sure that neither your chosen route nor motorcycle is more than you can handle. Never ride beyond your skill level.

Use your head

Don’t rely solely on your mirrors to remain aware of what’s in your immediate riding space. It’s important to keep your head and eyes up while rounding corners and that the safest way to change lanes is to actually turn and look over your shoulder to make sure you are clear. You will also be able to get a feeling for whether other drivers are paying attention to you. 

Watch the road

Pay attention to the road you are riding on. Err on the side of caution when going into curves; be vigilant for potential gravel or other unstable road conditions. Be careful when crossing railroad tracks because the paint can be slippery—the same goes for the white lines at stoplights.

No safety in numbers

Group rides can be risky due to riders covering too much of the roadway, riders driving side-by-side, and having a mix of riders of various skill levels. Hold a pre-ride meeting to talk about your ride strategy and to review hand signals. Select a skilled group lead and sweep. Keep your group size manageable. Ride only in a staggered formation. Leave a safe and proper following distance between motorcycles. Take breaks to prevent fatigue.

Shared responsibility

Road safety is a shared responsibility. As a car driver, be aware of your blind spots, slow down behind motorcycles, don’t tailgate, and use your turn signals. One of the most common causes of collisions between motorcycles and cars is the car driver turning left in front of the oncoming motorcycle, often due to speeding or lack of visibility. If driving a vehicle and making a turn or changing lanes, "look twice, turn once”.

Never drive impaired

Operating a motorcycle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue, puts you and all road users at risk.

Learn more about the Highway Traffic Act

To learn more about the Highway Traffic Act and other laws in Ontario, visit Ontario's e-Laws website.
The local roadways are to be shared and enjoyed by everyone, please keep this in mind when operating any motor vehicle. The Brantford Police Service is committed to increase public compliance with safe driving in order to prevent collisions, save lives, and reduce injuries on our roads. 

CRIME BRIEF: May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

Type:                 Impaired - Alcohol
Incident:           22-17398
Location:          West Street
On Sunday May 8, 2022, at approximately 2:10 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a motor vehicle without proper headlights, operating in violation of the Highway Traffic Act. The vehicle was travelling northbound on West Street, towards Charing Cross Street.
A traffic stop was conducted. When speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment.
 
After failing the Approved Roadside Screening, the accused was arrested for Impaired Operation and was transported to provide suitable samples of breath as required by law. Both samples were over the legal limit.
 
As a result, a 20-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following: 
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive Without Proper Headlights - Motor Vehicle, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.
 

Type:                 Stunt Driving
Incident:           22-17361
Location:          Colborne Street
On Saturday, May 7, 2022, at approximately 9:00 p.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed, what appeared to be, two persons entering into the trunk of a motor vehicle at a location near Colborne Street and Clara Crescent.
A traffic stop was conducted and two persons, a 17-year-old male and a 17-year-old female, were located within the trunk of the motor vehicle. 
 
As a result, an 18-year-old female from Brantford stands charged with the following Highway Traffic Act Violations: 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle - Perform Stunt
  • Person In Trunk
The occupants of the trunk were each charged with Fail to Occupy Position with Seatbelt.
Additionally, the motor vehicle was impounded for 14 days, and the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended for 30 days.
Stunt driving is the act of excessive speeding, street racing, contests and engaging in dangerous driving practices in a motor vehicle. It is driving that is careless and it puts others at risk and carries severe penalties, even for a first offence.
The maximum fine for stunt driving in Ontario is $10,000. Upon conviction, drivers could also face up to six months in prison.
 

Type:                 Stunt Driving – Impaired / Alcohol
Incident:           22-17296
Location:          King George Road
On Saturday, May 7, 2022, at approximately 9:50 a.m., patrol officers in the area of King George Road and Powerline Road were conducting road safety enforcement when they observed a vehicle travelling at an excessively high rate of speed.
The vehicle registered at 131 km/hr. in a posted 80 km/hr. zone.
A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was placed under arrest for Stunt Driving and Speeding under the Highway Traffic Act.
In speaking with the driver, officers observed signs of impairment.
After failing the Approved Roadside Screening, the accused was transported to provide suitable samples of breath as required by law. Both samples were three times the legal limit.
As a result, a 47-year-old man from Brantford stands charged with the following:
  • Over 80 mg, contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Drive Motor Vehicle - perform stunt "speeding by 50 or more kilometres per hour in an 80 km hour zone," contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Speeding 131 km/h in a post at 80 km an hour zone, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
Additionally, the motor vehicle was impounded for 14 days, and the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended for 90 days.

 
Type:                 Assault with a Weapon
Incident:           22-17036
Location:          Brant Avenue / Icomm Drive
On Thursday, May 5, 2022, at approximately 12:00 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched in regard to a weapons related call in the areas of Brant Avenue and Icomm Drive.
Investigation revealed that, in the area of Brant Avenue and Church Street, a 13-year-old male allegedly shot a 16-year-old male victim in the back with a pellet gun. 
It is reported that the accused then departed the area, where he travelled to an Icomm Drive location and allegedly shot a second victim, a 14-year-old male, with the pellet gun.
Officers attended the area, located the accused and the pellet gun.
Both victims received minor physical injuries.
As a result of this incident, a 13-year-old male from Brantford, stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Assault with a Weapon x 2
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
As per the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the identity of the accused in this incident will not be released.

 
Type:                 Break and Enter
Incident:           22-16842
Location:          Colborne Street
On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a break and enter at a medical clinic, located in the area of Colborne Street and Bain Street. 
 
Investigation revealed that the accused remained hidden inside until the clinic closed, and employees had vacated the premises. The accused allegedly stole a number of items from the clinic before leaving through a locked door.
Officers attended and thru investigation located and arrested the accused.
As a result of this investigation, a 26-year-old female from Brantford (no fixed address) stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations: 
  • Breaking and Entering 
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime 
 

 
Type:                 Threatening
Incident:           22-16830
Location:          Colborne Street West
On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at approximately 5:30 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a dispute between two customers within a fast-food business located on Colborne Street West.
It was reported that a male customer had become verbally abusive towards an employee. A female customer, observing this behaviour addressed the man, speaking up in the employee’s defense.
The accused then proceeded to threaten the 24-year-old female customer with physical violence, allegedly chasing her to her vehicle, where she then locked herself inside and called police. The accused continued to threaten the victim while kicking her vehicle.
Officers arrived on scene and the accused was taken into custody. 
As a result of the incident, a 69-year-old man from Brantford (no fixed address) stands charged with Uttering threats, contrary to the Criminal Code.
 

Type:                 Impaired - Drug
Incident:           22-16498
Location:          Charing Cross Street
On May 1, 2022, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a suspicious vehicle type call in the area of Charing Cross Street and North Park Street.
A concerned citizen called to advise an male, who appeared to be unconscious, was in the driver’s seat of a running vehicle.
Officers attended and located the vehicle which was still running. An unresponsive man was occupying the driver’s seat. 
Officers were able to wake the man. In speaking with the man, officers observed signs of intoxication. Drug paraphernalia was in clear view.
The accused was taken into custody, as officers formed reasonable grounds that the accused's ability to operate a conveyance was impaired. 
A drug recognition expert evaluation was performed, and it was determined the accused’s ability to operate a conveyance was impaired by drugs. 
As a result of the investigation, a 28-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to the Criminal Code.  
 

Type:                 Impaired- Alcohol
Incident:           22-16285
Location:          Market Street 
On Saturday, April 30, 2022, at approximately 1:10 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to a location on Market Street for a report of a possible impaired driver.
It was reported that after having hit a metal fence with his vehicle, a male driver then left the scene on foot.
Officers attended and located the unoccupied vehicle which had sustained minor damage. An open alcoholic beverage was observed in the vehicle’s cupholder.
Through investigation, officers located the accused nearby. In speaking with the male, officers observed signs of intoxication.
Due to the level of intoxication observed, the accused was unable to provide suitable breath samples and was transported to hospital to receive medical attention.
Information was received indicating that the accused is a young driver bound by the conditions of his licence to not consume alcohol while in care and control of a motor vehicle. 
As a result, a 20-year-old male from Hagersville stands charged with the following:
  • Operation While Impaired contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Fail to Stop at Accident contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Having Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Liquor contrary to the Liquor Licence and Control Act 
  • Young Driver - B.A.C above zero contrary to the Highway Traffic Act 
  • Contravene Licence Condition - Driving Ability contrary to the Ontario Regulation 340/94 
Additionally, the motor vehicle was impounded, and the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended.
 

Type:                 Possession of Stolen Goods
Incident:           22-16014
Location:          Market Street South
On Thursday, April 28, 2022, officers with the Brantford Police Service arrested the accused, in regard to an unrelated investigation in a parking lot located on Market Street South.
During a search incident to arrest, officers located a memorial plaque in her possession. 
This memorial plaque was previously reported stolen from a local cemetery.
As a result, a 27-year-old female of no fixed address, stands charged with Possession of Stolen Goods Under $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code. 

BPS celebrating Police Week May 15–21

May 10, 2022

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The Brantford Police Service is joining police services across Ontario in kicking off Police Week (#PoliceWeekON), which celebrates the work front-line police officers, 9-1-1 communicators, civilian staff, and all members of Ontario police services do to keep Ontarians safe and healthy.
This year, Police Week runs from May 15 to 21, 2022. The theme for the week is Your Police Services: Helping Build Safer Communities, which highlights and celebrates the vital role our police officers and personnel play in helping Ontarians build and maintain healthy and safe communities across our Province.
Police Week was first observed in 1970 and coincides with the Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is recognized internationally on May 15. "This year, we look forward to being able to highlight some of the exceptional work of our officers and personnel and thank them for their dedication to our community,” said Robin Matthews-Osmond, Brantford Police Service Corporate Communications Manager.
Throughout this week, the Brantford Police Service will be showcasing some of the many ways in which our members continue to serve our community. Be sure to follow the Brantford Police Service on Facebook @BrantfordPolice Service and Twitter @BrantfordPolice for this information.
To kick-off Police Week, along with Brantford-Brant Crime Stoppers, Ontario Provincial Police and Six Nations Police, the Brantford Police Service are hosting a FREE Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Children’s Safety Village, located at 407 Elgin Street in Brantford. The event will feature Canine demonstrations, police vehicles, and Emergency Response Team demonstrations. 
Annual Police Week in Ontario is sponsored by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General. It is part of National Police Week led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
 
Public Safety in Partnership with the Community
 

Family Fun Day - Police Week Kick-off Event

May 4, 2022

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