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Police still searching for hit-and-run driver

Stratford police are still searching for a driver involved in a hit-and-run collision in the city’s west end.

Greg Skinner, the city’s police chief, said as of Thursday afternoon they hadn’t been able to track down the driver or the vehicle as the last known address registered wasn’t up to date.

“It looks like they’re having difficulty with some changes of address of the suspect vehicle,” he said. “They’re chasing (the owner) around Ontario.”

Police said the collision occurred Tuesday shortly after 1 p.m. near the O’Loane Avenue railway crossing. Witnesses saw a silver or grey 2018 Kia Optima dangerously passing vehicles while heading south on O’Loane Avenue and, near the rail crossing, was on a collision course with an older model Oldsmobile.

The vehicles avoided a head-on collision but struck each other’s passenger sides, police say. The Kia left the road and became stuck in the snow straddling the sidewalk on the east side. The vehicle’s occupants and a passerby pushed the vehicle free and then it fled the scene before officers arrived.

Anyone with information is asked to call Const. Joey Otten at 519-271-4147 extension 178. The mother of the Oldsmobile driver has also gone to social media for help tracking down the Kia’s driver. “My daughter is happy to be alive,” she wrote on Facebook.


SUV STOLEN, DRIVER CHARGED

Perth County OPP say a beige SUV stolen from a business in Mitchell was recovered Thursday near Clinton. The 2008 GMC Envoy Denali was stolen late Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old West Perth man is facing multiple charges after being allegedly caught with an altered licence plate sticker. Police say an automated plate recognition system alerted an officer about an expired sticker. Investigation revealed the car did not have an updated sticker, had a defaced sticker, and the car was not insured. The driver also wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time, police say.

The accused will be in Stratford court next month.

tbridge@postmedia.com

Source: www.stratfordbeaconherald.com