Leamington Man Uses Stolen Identity To Get Out Of Speeding Ticket

Saturday February 2nd, 2013

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A 42-year-old Leamington man was arrested in Chatham, in connection with a traffic stop that occurred two months ago.

Police say on December 4th a traffic officer was conducting speed enforcement on Talbot Trail near Four Rod Road in Chatham, when he stopped a vehicle travelling 96km/h in the posted 60km/h zone.

The driver verbally identified himself as a Chatham-Kent resident to the police officer and provided personal information. He was issued a speeding ticket and sent on his way.

This past Wednesday, a citizen of Chatham-Kent called police to report that he received written notice in the mail that he had been convicted of a speeding offence that occurred on December 4th.

He insisted he was not driving at that time and location, and as a result an investigation began that revealed the true identity of the driver.

On Thursday, the same officer that issued the original ticket went to Leamington to locate the suspect. The officer located the suspect driving on Talbot Street and he was arrested. Police learned he was serving two driver’s licence suspensions at the time he was stopped.

Frank Charamba, age 42 of Erie Street South in Leamington has been charged with identity fraud, obstructing a peace officer, four counts of driving while under suspension, and speeding. He was released from custody with future court dates.

The vehicle was impounded for seven days in accordance with Ontario’s Vehicle Impoundment Program.

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