5 most-read Mississauga and Brampton crime stories of 2021

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Published December 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm

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They say crime doesn’t pay, but it can make for an interesting read.

From potted plants on the run to traffic jam bathroom breaks, there were many crime and police stories in Mississauga and Brampton this year that fell in the ‘head scratcher’ category.


Here are the top five most-read, weird, wacky or out-of-the-ordinary police stories we covered this year.

5) Police responding after vehicle drives into Credit River in Brampton

The driver of a Jeep got bogged down when they ended up in the Credit River on Dec. 12.

Police said the vehicle had driven into the river in the area of Heritage and Embleton Rd., and no one was injured in the incident.

The crash caught the attention of passers by who took to Twitter and shared images of the Jeep, which was completely caked in mud.

4) “I have to pee” is not a 9-1-1 emergency

Of all the reasons to call the cops, needing a bathroom break should be low on the list.

But apparently, some people needed to be told by police that having to relieve themselves while stuck in traffic is not reason to call 9-1-1.  Peel police posted on their Twitter page that a man used the emergency line to tell a 9-1-1 operator that he had to pee while in a traffic jam.

The caller was unfazed by the operator’s bewildered response, and moments later the call-taker tells the man that he’s disconnecting. 

3) Mississauga driver brags about smoking pot to the police

Mississauga police pulled over a driver with enough cannabis to make Snoop Dogg blush on Nov. 20.

Officers allegedly seized eight kilograms of cannabis and $8,265 in cash during a RIDE traffic stop, and the driver’s excuse for having such large quantities of cannabis was “I smoke a lot, you would be surprised!”

The driver was charged with possession for the purpose of distribution and a handful of other offences.

2) Large potted plant causes commuter chaos in Mississauga

This wasn’t the type of ‘pot’ call police usually responding to, but a plant taking up lanes in Mississauga sure grabbed the attention of our readers.

Police were called to the area of Erin Mills Pkwy and Millcreek Dr. on May 4 after drivers called in about a large potted plant in the middle of the road.

One clever insauga.com reader asked police to “get to the root of the problem,” but the force never elaborated on where the pesky plant came from.

1) Mississauga mall brawl leaves unanswered questions

A brawl with cricket bat-wielding combatants at a Mississauga mall last summer caught the attention of Peel Regional Police and insauga.com readers.

The fight at Malton’s Westwood Mall was captured on film and circulated on social media. There were no reports of life-threatening injuries, but the sounds of the wooden bats slamming into their targets can be heard in the video.

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