Guelph man faces cannabis charges after failing roadside test, police say

A Guelph man has been charged with cannabis possession over the permitted quantity after police were called to a fender-bender in the city's west end Sunday evening.

Man failed roadside test but breath tests at station not enough for charges: Police

Guelph police were called to a fender bender on Sanderson Drive Sunday evening after is was alleged a driver who had backed into a parked car was intoxicated. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

A Guelph man faces three cannabis charges related to possession, but was not charged with impaired driving even though he failed a roadside test, police say.

Guelph officers were called to Sanderson Drive in the city's west end Sunday night around 9:35 p.m. after a report someone backed into a parked car and the driver was possibly intoxicated.

Officers located the man and administered a roadside test with an approved screening device, police said. The man was tested for alcohol consumption, not cannabis consumption.

"He failed this test and was arrested," a police release said.

But, police said, "breath tests at the station were not high enough to continue with that charge."

A search of the man's vehicle revealed a large quantity of marijuana. The 36-year-old man has been charged with possession for the purpose of distributing cannabis, possessing cannabis over 30 grams and possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling under the Cannabis Act.


  • An earlier version of this story indicated the man was tested for cannabis consumption. Police have clarified the test was for alcohol.
    May 13, 2019 11:21 AM ET