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By Aaron Wherry
Theft was in fashion this past week at Western, as petty criminals ran rampant, but London Police had bigger problems to deal with.
London Police reported an officer injured after an incident with an intoxicated driver and her comapanion. According to Const. Ryan Holland of the London Police, an officer received minor injuries after investigating an impaired driver Sunday night on Wellington Road near Glanworth Drive.
The officer was dispatched to a complaint of a vehicle in the ditch. After arriving on the scene the officer took the female driver into custody for impaired driving. The male passenger was initially compliant with the officer but soon became angered and began yelling and screaming at the officer and banging on his cruiser, Holland said, explaining the male also reached through the open cruiser window and punched the officer in the head.
The male passenger then fled on foot, but was found hiding in a drainage ditch. Alvinston resident Fred Johnston, 32, has now been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting police and property damage, Holland said.
According to Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department, in the first of last week's thefts, a student's identification card was stolen and then used by the thief to purchase food. On Jan. 15 a book bag was stolen from in front of the BookStore, and on Jan. 16 a woman who had accidently left her purse in the washroom returned to find it missing, she said.
A number of locker-related thefts also took place, McGowan said. On Jan. 16, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Althouse College, a wallet, leather jacket and other valuables were taken from a locker.
The next day, a blue Columbia brand jacket, containing a wallet with a driver's license, credit cards and other identification, was taken from the University Community Centre locker room, after the complainant failed to lock his locker.
Jan. 19 was also a busy day for the UPD, McGowan said. At 2:57 a.m. a fire alarm was activated at Essex Hall; after a fire extinguisher was discharged. Later in the day, McGowan said, a report of a vehicle theft from the Delaware Hall meters was reported. The vehicle was located a short while later in the Medway parking lot, undamaged with nothing stolen.
The number of thefts were cause for concern, McGowan said, but added most could be easily prevented. "I strongly encourage people to leave your valuables at home, and if you do choose to bring them to campus, keep them locked up," she said.