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November 14, 2022Warning - this news article expired on 2022-12-15. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Total calls for service – Belleville Police responded to 263 calls for service over a 96-hour period beginning at 5:00 am on the 10th of November, 2022, to 5:00 am on the 14th of November, 2022.

Impaired Driving

On the 10th of November 2022 at 11:50 pm, Belleville Police officers stopped a vehicle in the city’s east end.  The driver showed signs of alcohol consumption and failed a roadside alcohol screening device.  The driver was arrested and provided two breath samples over the legal limit.  As a result, 22-year-old Jacob Smart was charged with having a blood alcohol concentration of 80 plus milligrams. Smart was later released with a December 15th, 2022, court date.

Outstanding Warrants

On the 11th of November 2022, Belleville Police were on general patrol in the west end of Belleville when they noticed a male who was wanted by Police.  Nicholas Semple, 27-yrs, from Belleville, was wanted on outstanding warrants for obstructing police, failing to comply with a probation order, mischief under $5000 and failing to attend court.  Semple was arrested and released a short time later with a new court date for December 8th, 2022, in Belleville.

Police Pursue Skid Steer

On the 11th of November 2022, at approximately 10:30 pm, Belleville Police received information about a male driving a skid steer on city streets and appearing to be under the influence of alcohol.  Police located the skid steer and attempted on several occasions to stop it; however, the male driver refused to stop for police. After 55 minutes, police were able to distract the driver for a brief second which afforded enough time for officers to enter the skid steer and remove the driver from the vehicle.  Given the dangerous circumstances, no members of the public, police officers or the accused were injured during the extended police pursuit. 

As a result, 38-year-old Kevin Wardhaugh of Belleville was charged with the following Highway Traffic Act offences:

  1. 7 counts of fail to stop for a red light
  2. Adult fail to remain at an accident
  3. 5 counts of drive the wrong way on a divided highway
  4. 2 counts of pass on the right side of a vehicle
  5. 5 counts of driving while under suspension
  6. Adult drive a motor vehicle and perform a stunt
  7. Fail to stop for Police
  8. 6 counts of failing to stop at a stop sign
  9. Drive left of the centre approaching a grade

Wardhaugh was further charged with the following Criminal Charges:

  1. 4 counts of Operation while prohibited
  2. Obstruct police officer
  3. Mischief
  4. Flight from police
  5. Possession of property obtained by crime
  6. Dangerous operation
  7. Fail to comply with a release order


Wardhaugh was held for a bail hearing on Nov 12, 2022

Arrested on Warrants

On the evening of November 12th, 2022, at 9:56 pm, Belleville Police were called to the city’s east end for a domestic dispute.  Police located a male on the scene who was wanted by Belleville Police for:

  1. Fail to attend court
  2. 3 counts of fail to comply with a release order
  3. Take a motor vehicle without consent

As a result, 26-year-old Tyler Ruttan of Belleville was arrested on those outstanding warrants and later released with a December 8, 2022, court date.

Attempted Arson and Mischief

On the 13th of November, 2022, at 11:56 am, a 35-year-old female was kicked out of a shelter for misbehaving. The female made her way to the Belleville Police Service, where she began to yell and scream in the lobby and was requested to leave. After an extended conversation, the female was escorted out. The female then attempted to light the building on fire. When the fire didn’t work, the female dropped her pants and urinated at the front door. The female was arrested for mischief and attempted arson endangering life. She was held for a bail hearing on the 14th of November, 2022.