Five Arrested for Impaired Driving Over Long Weekend
Five Guelph males were arrested for impaired driving over the long weekend, including two who were stopped just a minute apart.
Approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, two males were seen leaving a licensed establishment on Woodlawn Road East and getting into a vehicle. The driver had an odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath and failed a roadside breath test. He was transported to the police station where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system. A 48-year-old Guelph male was arrested.
Just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday, an officer patrolling on Eramosa Road near Woolwich Street clocked a vehicle travelling 86 km/h in a 50 km/h zone and conducted a traffic stop. After failing a roadside test he was taken to the police station where tests confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system. A 40-year-old Guelph male was arrested.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, police were called to a two-vehicle collision at Surrey Street and Gordon Street and were advised one of the drivers had left after giving the other his phone number. Police attended an address on Edinburgh Road South and spoke to a male, who was showing obvious signs of impairment. A 27-year-old male was arrested for impaired driving, failing to stop at a collision, driving while suspended, careless driving and breaching probation.
Just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a vehicle was stopped on Wellington Street West. The officer detected a strong odour of cannabis inside the vehicle and alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath. An open package of cannabis gummies was observed inside the vehicle. Breath tests later confirmed the male had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system. A 38-year-old Guelph male was arrested for impaired driving and having cannabis readily available to a driver.
Less than a minute later, an officer pulled a vehicle over after it was observed parked erratically at a business on Clair Road East and a male was seen getting in with a bottle of alcohol. Breath tests confirmed the driver had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system. A 52-year-old Guelph male, who is employed as a truck driver, is charged with impaired driving.
Each of the accused males had their driver’s licences suspended for 90 days and their vehicles impounded for seven days. They were all released with upcoming court dates.
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.