3 Impaired Arrests Over the Weekend
Three men were arrested for impaired driving in Guelph over the weekend.
Approximately 11:40 a.m. Saturday, a witness called police after a vehicle struck a curb and sign at Alice Street and Duke Street, flattening two of its tires. The driver was picked up by another vehicle, which was located and stopped by police minutes later.
Officers spoke to the passenger, who matched the description provided by the witness, and observed him to be showing signs of drug impairment. He was arrested and transported to the police station, where analysis by a trained expert determined his ability to operate a vehicle was impaired by a drug. A 27-year-old Guelph man is charged with impaired driving and failing to remain at a collision.
Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, police were notified of a possible impaired driver leaving a licensed establishment in the south end. Officers located the involved vehicle and spoke to the driver, who was unsteady on his feet and had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath.
He was transported to the police station, where testing confirmed he had more than twice the legal amount of alcohol in his system. A 47-year-old Guelph man is charged with impaired driving.
At 12:10 a.m. Sunday, officers were patrolling downtown when they saw a male open the driver’s door of a running car and vomit on the street. Officers spoke to the male and observed signs of impairment. He was arrested and transported to the police station, where testing confirmed he had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
A 24-year-old Brampton man is charged with impaired driving. Each of the arrested men had their licences suspended for 90 days and their vehicles impounded for seven days.
Over the weekend, Guelph Police Service officers conducted RIDE spot checks. Approximately 400 vehicles were stopped, and seven drivers were asked to provide breath samples. Officers issued two three-day suspensions for drivers who registered a warn on the roadside test.
The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to always consume alcohol and cannabis responsibly. Please don’t drive if you are going to consume alcohol or cannabis, and please ensure that you plan ahead so that you have a safe ride home. Anyone who spots a suspected impaired driver is asked to immediately call 911.