Police beat: Driver faces careless driving charge after car hits tree

CENTRE WELLINGTON – A Kitchener driver has been charged with careless driving after a car slammed into a tree here recently.

Wellington County OPP officials say emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle collision on Wellington Road 21, west of Elora, on Dec. 1 at about 11am. 

“It was reported a grey sedan had left the roadway and collided with a tree,” police stated in a press release.

“The lone occupant was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.” 

A 57-year-old Kitchener driver was charged with careless driving and is to appear in a Guelph court at a later date.

Trespassing snowmobiler

MOUNT FOREST – On Dec. 1 at about 12:30am, Wellington County OPP received a trespass report on King Street East here.

Police say “an unknown snowmobiler was illegally operating a snow machine on private property. 

“Investigators discovered damages to a gate that may have been caused by the snow machine striking it.” 

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.tips.

“Wellington County OPP wants to remind snow machine operators and off-road enthusiasts that when you do not have permission to enter lands that are privately owned, you run the risk of being charged with trespassing,” police stated.

“You may also be held liable to damages that are incurred by your actions. Please respect the rights of landowners and get permission before off-roading or sledding on other’s property.”

Dangerous driving

FERGUS – On Dec. 7 at about 10:15pm, a Wellington County OPP officer was monitoring traffic on Tower Street South here. 

Police say the officer saw a white pickup truck “driving in a dangerous manner.” 

A 19-year-old Fergus man was charged with dangerous driving and stunt driving. He is to appear in a Guelph court at a later date.

Getaway foiled; Listowel couple charged in theft

GUELPH – A Listowel couple faces charges following a theft at a business here on Monday.

Guelph Police officials say officers were called to a business on Stone Road West  on Dec. 12 at about 1:45pm for a female that had left the store with more than $200 in stolen merchandise.

“Employees followed her through the parking lot until she was seen getting into an SUV driven by a male,” police stated in a press release.

“As officers arrived on scene, they observed the SUV being driven erratically through the crowded parking lot and onto Stone Road West, where it was pulled over.”

A 33-year-old Listowel woman is charged with theft under $5,000 and is to appear in Guelph court on Jan. 31. 

A 37-year-old Listowel man is charged with stunt driving. His vehicle was impounded for 14 days and his driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days.

Man charged after assault

GUELPH – A Guelph male has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked assault against a senior citizen last week.

On the morning of Dec. 5,  a woman in her 60s was waiting for a school bus with her granddaughter in the area of Woolwich Street and Mac Avenue. 

Guelph Police say, “a male unknown to her was walking by when he suddenly turned and struck the female in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground. The victim did not require medical attention.”

The male fled on foot but was identified through subsequent investigation. 

A 27-year-old Guelph man was charged with assault and three counts of breaching probation. He was held for a bail hearing on Dec. 9.