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Impaired Driving Arrest

Three Impaired Arrests Over the Weekend

Three males face impaired driving charges, including one who apparently didn’t realize he was sleeping in his own driveway.

Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, the Guelph Police Service received information from another police service about a possible impaired driver. Officers attended the owner’s address and located a male sleeping in the vehicle in the driveway. When officers woke him the male appeared confused, starting the vehicle and telling them he was heading home.

He was removed from the vehicle and had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath. A test at the police station confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system, but the male refused to provide a second sample as required.

A 40-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired driving and refusing to comply with a breath demand.

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Approximately 30 minutes later, police were notified of a possible impaired driver leaving a south-end establishment. Officers located the vehicle driving on Edinburgh Road South and observed it travel through a red light at Youngman Drive. The vehicle was stopped and officers detected a strong odour of alcoholic beverage.

The driver was arrested and transported to the police station, where testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system. A 50-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired driving and failing to stop at a red light.

Just before 1 a.m. Monday, officers were patrolling near Silvercreek Parkway South and Waterloo Avenue when they observed a vehicle driving erratically. The vehicle was stopped and officers could see a marijuana cigarette in the console beside the driver. He was asked several times to provide a breath sample and refused.

Investigation also revealed the male had a suspended driver’s licence. A 37-year-old Toronto male is charged with refusing to comply with a breath demand, driving while suspended and several other provincial charges.

Each of the drivers had their licences suspended for 90 days and their vehicles impounded. 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.

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