Public mischief charge laid
A Pain Court woman is being accused of concocting a strange excuse for a recent collision.
On Sept. 29, the woman was driving her vehicle on Sheldon Avenue in Chatham when she failed to make the turn onto Lowe Street, Chatham-Kent police said.
As a result, she lost control of her vehicle, struck a hydro pole and went into a ditch. The woman called police to report the collision.
In a statement from the woman, it was explained to police that the collision was a result of having to swerve away from a large blue garbage can that was in the middle of the road, police said. No injuries were reported and the damage was estimated at $10,000.
However, through investigation, the officer believed that the garbage can was taken from a nearby residence and strategically placed in the middle of the road after the collision had already occurred to deflect any responsibility, police said.
On Tuesday, the 25-year-old woman was arrested and charged with public mischief. She was released with a court date.