Pants-free driver arrested: Impaired by drugs and dangerous driving, licence suspension

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A Puslinch male faces charges after a driver wearing no pants rear-ended another car Thursday morning.

Approximately 9:45 a.m., police were called to Downey Road near the Hanlon Expressway. The caller was reporting a two-vehicle collision and advised one of the drivers was not wearing pants.

Officers arrived and noted one driver was wearing a hooded sweatshirt on his legs. He also had a cigarette the wrong way in his mouth, with the filtered end facing outwards. Officers spoke to him and noted he was showing signs of impairment, including slurred speech and an inability to focus on the conversation.

The male was transported to the police station to be assessed by a trained drug evaluation expert. It was determined his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by drugs.

Witnesses at the scene reported prior to the collision the male was driving so quickly the front wheels of his pickup left the road while driving over speed humps.

A 43-year-old Puslinch male is charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. He will appear in a Guelph court December 22, 2022.


Male arrested for assault on senior

A Guelph male has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked assault against a senior citizen earlier this week.

On Monday morning, a female in her 60s was waiting for a school bus with her granddaughter in the area of Woolwich Street and Mac Avenue. A male unknown to her was walking by when he suddenly turned and struck the female in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground. The victim did not require medical attention.

The male fled on foot but was identified through subsequent investigation. He was located downtown Thursday evening and arrested. A 27-year-old Guelph male is charged with assault and three counts of breaching probation. He was held for a bail hearing Friday.

Stolen vehicle rams cruiser

A Guelph male has been arrested after a stolen vehicle was used last month to ram a Guelph Police cruiser.

On November 29, approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were conducting proactive patrols in a Speedvale Avenue East parking lot and located a stolen Audi SUV. As officers were waiting for a tow truck, a male was seen approaching the driver’s side of the Audi.

The male was told to stop, but instead started the vehicle and drove forward, ramming the marked cruiser and fleeing from the parking lot. Officers pursued the vehicle, but called it off in the interest of public safety after the Audi was repeatedly driven into oncoming traffic.

The driver was identified through subsequent investigation and a warrant taken out. On Wednesday, officers attended another police service who had arrested the male on the outstanding warrant.

A 38-year-old Guelph male is charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving, failing to stop at a collision, flight from police and two counts of driving while prohibited. He was held for a bail hearing Thursday.

$4,000 lost to ‘grandparent scam’

The Guelph Police Service is once again warning the public of an increase in so-called ‘grandparent scams’ after a Guelph senior lost $4,000 Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening police were called to a south-end residence. A female in her 70s reported she received a phone call from someone she believed was her grandson, indicating he had been involved in a collision and was facing criminal charges. A second male claiming to be a lawyer called 10 minutes later and said it would require $9,000 cash to have the grandson released on bail.

The victim attended her bank and was able to withdraw $4,000 cash. Later that evening a male attended her residence and collected the cash. He was described as a white male with olive skin and a black brush cut, wearing a dark spring jacket, dark shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Brooke Drake of the Guelph Police Service Fraud Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7430, email her at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

The Guelph Police Service reminds residents to be cautious when dealing with people on the telephone, even if you believe you know who you are talking to.

  • Never send or give money to people you are not sure you know
  • Take the time to verify the story
  • If the story involves a loved one, try to contact that person on your own or ask questions only they would be able to answer
  • Never volunteer personal information to callers




Teens arrested in rec centre break and enter

Three teens were arrested this week in connection with a break and enter to a city recreation centre.

On November 12, a hockey game was being held at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. It is alleged the three teens attended the game, then left the arena area and used stolen keys to access various secure areas of the facility. Various miscellaneous items were stolen before they were located by staff and left the area.

Due to missing keys, rec centre staff had all the locks changed at an approximate cost of $3,000.

Three suspects were identified through surveillance video and were arrested this week. Three Guelph males, aged 13 to 15, are charged with break and enter and possessing stolen property. They will appear in a Guelph court January 25, 2022.

Male charged with impaired

A Guelph male is charged with impaired driving following a traffic stop early Friday.

Approximately 1:20 a.m. police were notified of a possible impaired driver in the city’s west end, and a short time later located the involved vehicle in a parking lot on Imperial Road North. Officers spoke to the driver, who had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath.

He registered a fail on a roadside screening device and was returned to the police station, where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

A 40-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. He will appear in a Guelph court January 10, 2023.

Youth faces robbery, drug charges

A Guelph teenager faces robbery and drug trafficking charges following his arrest Wednesday.

On November 27, a 19-year-old male was attacked by several youths as he left a house party on College Avenue West. The male’s wallet and car keys were stolen by the suspects, who drove off in his vehicle.

One of the suspects was identified and arrested Wednesday. During a search incident to arrest, officers recovered quantities of suspected psilocybin, cocaine and Hydromorpohone as well as a scale, cash and four cellphones.

A 17-year-old Guelph male is charged with robbery and possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He will appear in a Guelph court January 18, 2023.

Driver arrested

A Guelph male has been arrested after another vehicle was repeatedly struck in a restaurant drive-through.

On November 29, approximately 9:45 a.m., a Cambridge resident called police to report the incident. While waiting in the drive-through at a restaurant on Wellington Street West at Imperial Road South, the male’s BMW was struck from behind by a cargo van. The BMW driver got out and noticed the other driver was laughing before moving forward and striking the car again. The two drivers are not known to each other.

The victim pulled out of the drive-through and the van followed, intentionally driving into the BMW’s front fender before leaving the parking lot. The victim’s vehicle sustained approximately $2,500 in damage.

A 37-year-old Guelph male was arrested Wednesday and charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop after a collision. He will appear in a Guelph court January 24, 2022.


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