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Flipping off the cops means myriad of charges

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

Drinking, fun. Driving, fun enough. Any combination of the two, not so fun.

‘Twas the week of gin-soaked, baby-seal-clubbing, skin-flute-playing, eye-gouging crime that raked through this innocent city by the river, err, ah, the dead river. Actually, it was more like drunken stupidness stumbling through the city and falling into the river.

Over the weekend, London Police arrested and charged eight people with drinking and driving offenses, confirmed Const. Paul Martin, spokesman for the London Police Department. Three of these arrests involved accidents which together totalled almost $20,000 in damage.

One arrest occurred when an officer saw a man riding on the roof of a vehicle cruising downtown. Another happened when a driver sped away from an officer, reportedly “[making] a gesture with one finger.” The driver, once stopped, refused to exit his car and was rewarded with charges for failing to stop, resisting arrest and assaulting police — in addition to the impaired driving charges. Way to go, genius.

In addition to crime involving alcohol, there is also a case ongoing involving petty criminal attempt to procure alcohol. London Police are now releasing a description of the suspect who robbed The Beer Store with a rifle on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The suspect is a male, 5’6” to 5’7”, about 140 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

The LPD were also occupied this weekend by a loud, rowdy party on Huron St. On Friday night, officers busted the party, sending sad, intoxicated young’uns into the night. Oh, and some of the partygoers are now under investigation for the unlawful sale of liquor.

Elgin Austen, spokesman for the Campus Community Police Service, said last week that Campus Recreation was the site of several thefts. Items stolen included credit cards, wallets and leather jackets, Austen said.



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