Impaired, dangerous driving charge laid after collision

A Scarborough male faces impaired and dangerous driving charges following a collision in Guelph Monday.

Approximately 11:40 a.m. the male was speeding southbound on Victoria Road South when he ran a red light at Elizabeth Street and collided with a second motor vehicle, destroying both vehicles. Minor injuries were reported.

Prior to the collision, police had received several reports of the vehicle driving dangerously in the area, passing other vehicles in oncoming traffic and running red lights.

At the scene, officers observed the male to be very excitable, unable to answer simple questions, speaking rapidly and laughing. Based on those observations they believed the male to be impaired by a drug. The male agreed to provide a blood sample for analysis, but later refused.

A 24-year-old Scarborough male is charged with impaired operation, dangerous driving, failing to comply with a demand and several Highway Traffic Act offences. He will appear in a Guelph court August 20, 2021.

 

Male faces impaired driving, drug charges

A Guelph male faces several charges after he was caught Monday passed out in his heavily-damaged motor vehicle.

The Guelph Police Service was informed just after 9 a.m. about a damaged vehicle parked across several spots in a parking lot on Woolwich Street near Speedvale Avenue West. When officers arrived a male quickly exited the vehicle and was showing obvious signs of drug impairment, including rapid speech and an inability to answer simple questions.

Inside the vehicle, officers observed drug paraphernalia including several glass pipes with residue, tin foil and butane lighters. The male was arrested for impaired driving, and a search of the vehicle later uncovered quantities of suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

Officers demanded a sample of the male’s blood for analysis, which he ultimately refused to provide.

A 29-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired operation, failing to comply with a demand and three counts of possessing a controlled substance. He will appear in a Guelph court August 20, 2021.

 

Male faces several fraud, breach charges

A Guelph male who was wanted on outstanding warrants was arrested Monday and faces several charges.

Guelph Police Service officers spotted the male approximately 3:30 p.m. inside a business on Woolwich Street near Speedvale Avenue West.

Last August, the male picked up a wallet dropped by another shopper inside a local business and later used one of the credit cards inside to make approximately $100 worth of purchases. He was identified by surveillance video but could not be located at the time.

In November, the same male responded to an online ad from someone selling a used cellphone. He arranged to meet the seller and sent an e-transfer in advance to cover the purchase price, but once he had the phone he cancelled the transfer.

Investigation revealed the male also failed to comply with the Provincial Sex Offence Registry (SOR) by not registering with police.

A 56-year-old male is charged with possessing a stolen credit card, using a stolen credit card, possessing identity documents, fraud under $5,000 and failing to comply with the SOR. He will appear in a Guelph court August 24, 2021.

 

Two catalytic converters stolen from residential properties

Thefts of catalytic converters continues to be an issue in Guelph, with two reported stolen from vehicles at north-end residential properties on the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, a resident of Woodlawn Road East near Victoria Road North called police to report the exhaust component had been cut off her motor vehicle sometime overnight. Then on Monday afternoon a resident of Woolwich Street near Speedvale Avenue East reported her vehicle’s catalytic converter had also been stolen sometime over the weekend.

Police services across North America have reported a surge in catalytic converter thefts in recent months, as values soar for the precious metals used in their construction. There have been more than 40 such thefts reported in Guelph since Christmas.

Anyone with information about catalytic converter thefts is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Phil Perrins of the Guelph Police Service General Investigations and Special Projects Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7336, email him at pperrins@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

 

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours - 160