Teen loses licence for stunt driving
A Guelph teenager had his driver’s licence and vehicle both seized after officers observed vehicles driving recklessly in a school parking lot this week.
Approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, officers on patrol observed vehicles in the parking lot of Bishop Macdonell High School doing doughnuts and driving slalom-style around light posts. One vehicle was observed doing doughnuts while a male passenger sat on the door ledge with his upper body outside the vehicle.
The vehicle was stopped and the 17-year-old driver charged with stunt driving. His driver’s licence was suspended for 30 days and his vehicle was impounded for 14 days.
Male arrested after refusing to wear mask
A Guelph male faces several charges after he refused to wear a mask inside a local business and instead was blowing kisses at employees.
The Guelph Police Service was called approximately 8 p.m. Monday to a business on Silvercreek Parkway North near Willow Road. A male was inside the business, refusing to wear a mask, obstructing staff by blocking their path and blowing kisses. The male was still inside the business when officers arrived.
The male was arrested under the Trespass to Property Act. A search incident to arrest revealed a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in his pocket.
A 35-year-old Guelph male is charged with possessing a controlled substance, breach of probation, failing to leave a premises when directed and failing to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act. He will appear in a Guelph court February 18, 2022.
Assault charges laid after repeated punches and spitting in victims face
A Guelph male faces assault charges after his roommate was punched and repeatedly had his face spit on.
Guelph Police Service officers were called approximately 11:30 a.m. to a residence in the area of Clair Road West and Gosling Gardens. Investigation revealed two male roommates were arguing when one was punched in the face and throat. The suspect then spit in his face.
The victim retreated to his room to call police, but the suspect followed him, knocked him to the ground and continued to spit in his face. The victim sustained a minor facial injury.
A 38-year-old Guelph male is charged with assault. He was held for a bail hearing Friday.
Female Teen charged with causing flood at hospital
A Guelph teenager has been charged in connection with a flood that shut down part of the Guelph General Hospital’s emergency department and caused more than $5,000 in damage.
The teen was at the hospital waiting to be seen December 4 and was given a book by security to keep her occupied. She used the book to twice strike the overhead sprinkler system. Water flooded out for approximately 40 minutes before staff were able to turn it off.
A 17-year-old Guelph female was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with mischief over $5,000. She will appear in a Guelph court February 23, 2022.
Impaired charge following mid-day collision
A Guelph male was charged with impaired driving following a collision Tuesday just before noon.
Police were called to a commercial plaza on Woodlawn Road West near Silvercreek Parkway North, where they found a heavily-damaged van partially on the median with a front wheel missing. The van had also struck a parked vehicle in the plaza’s parking lot.
Officers spoke to the driver and could detect an odour of burned marijuana and that the male had slurred speech and glassy eyes. He did not recall the collision and would not answer whether he had consumed any drugs.
The male was arrested and returned to the police station, where testing determined he was impaired by a combination of marijuana and narcotics.
A 60-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired operation. 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 18.
Weapons charges following arrest
A Guelph male faces weapons charges after he was arrested Tuesday on outstanding warrants.
Approximately 2:40 p.m., officers on routine patrol saw a male near City Hall who they believed to be wanted. Investigation confirmed outstanding warrants for two counts each of possessing stolen property over $5,000 and breach of probation.
The male was arrested and during a search incident to arrest officers discovered an expandable baton.
A 28-year-old Guelph male is further charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a weapon contrary to a prohibition order. He will appear in a Guelph court February 15, 2022.
Police continue search for male
The Guelph Police Service continues to search for a male who has not been seen in three weeks.
Charles Rudd, 58, was believed to have been last seen at Guelph General Hospital on December 15. Police have since learned he was seen in the downtown area later that same day.
He was reported missing by his landlord two days later after the landlord entered the male’s downtown unit and noted Rudd’s cat had not been fed. Neighbours advised at that time they hadn’t seen Rudd in at least four days.
Rudd is described as a white male, 5’10”, 150 pounds with unkempt grey hair. Police do have concerns for his wellbeing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Scott Biser at 519-824-1212, ext. 7131, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Detective Constable Brendan Campbell at ext. 7177 or email@example.com.
Three impaired arrests during weekend
Three people were arrested for impaired driving in Guelph over the weekend, including one who made a three-point turn to avoid a RIDE spot check.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, officers were conducting RIDE checks on Gordon Street near Water Street when a northbound SUV was observed turning around to head south on Gordon Street. One of the officers working the RIDE check followed and pulled the vehicle over.
The driver denied he had been drinking, but had an odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath and was unsteady on his feet. He registered a fail on a roadside screening device and was taken to the police station, where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.
A 60-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired driving and driving without a licence. He was held for bail and later released to appear in a Guelph court January 21, 2022. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.
A few hours earlier, approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, police had responded to a single-vehicle collision on Hadati Road where a vehicle went off the road and struck a hydro pole. The driver registered a fail on a roadside screening device and was taken to the police station, where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.
A 25-year-old Halifax male is charged with impaired operation and careless driving. He will appear in a Guelph court January 18, 2022. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 90 days.
On Saturday evening, just before 10 p.m., police were called to a licensed establishment on Woodlawn Road West. The caller advised a male appeared to be intoxicated and was sitting in the driver’s seat of a running motor vehicle. Officers spoke to the male, who had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath and was showing obvious signs of impairment.
Officers also learned the male was on bail with a condition not to occupy the driver’s seat of a vehicle if he had any alcohol in his system. The male was arrested and taken to the police station, where testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.
A 33-year-old Burlington male is charged with impaired operation and failing to comply with a bail order. He will appear in a Guelph court January 21, 2022. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.
Truck speeds through RIDE, just misses officers
The Guelph Police Service is investigating after a pickup truck sped through a New Year’s Eve RIDE check, narrowly missing two officers.
Approximately 10:15 p.m. last Friday, officers were conducting spot checks on Gordon Street just north of Water Street. A red Ford F-150 crew cab pickup entered the lane, but as officers signalled the driver to stop the truck accelerated nearly hitting two officers.
The truck was last seen northbound on Gordon Street crossing over Wellington Street. Officers did not pursue it in the interest of public safety.
It is believed the same truck fled from officers the evening of December 23. Approximately 6 p.m. that day, police were called to a parking lot on Woodlawn Road West after a female called to report she had located her spouse’s pickup which was earlier stolen from Cambridge.
Officers attended and attempted to block in the truck, but the driver went over a curb and sidewalk and exited the parking lot. It was snowing at the time and officers did not pursue the truck in the interest of public safety.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Detective Sergeant Chris Probst at 519-824-1212, ext. 7342, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
Suspicious house fire under investigation
The Guelph Police Service and Guelph Fire Department are investigating a suspicious residential fire in the city’s west end.
Approximately 10pm Friday, emergency services were dispatched to a residence in the area of Willow Road and Westwood Road, where there was a report of a fire. When emergency services arrived, a townhouse unit was fully engulfed in flames.
The Guelph Fire Department extinguished the fire and confirmed there were no injuries. Many residences were evacuated for their safety. Some people have been temporarily displaced.
This fire is being treated as suspicious, therefore police remained in the area through the night in the area and continue to investigate.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Adam Roszell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7117, or email him at ARoszell@guelphpolice.ca. If you would like to stay anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.csgw.tips.
If you live in the area and have a home security system with external cameras, please contact Detective Constable Brandon Kohler at 519-824-1212, ext. 7537, or email him at BKohler@guelphpolice.ca.
Male charged with assaulting officer
A Guelph male who confronted a police officer while armed with a hammer was arrested Wednesday.
Just after 11 a.m., a Guelph Police Service officer spoke to a male who was loitering at the transit terminal on Carden Street. The male tucked a construction hammer in his waistband and did not comply with the officer’s request.
The male approached the officer and lunged towards him, causing the officer to believe he was going to be struck.
A 52-year-old Guelph male was arrested for assaulting police. The hammer and a bladed construction tool were seized for destruction. The male will appear in a Guelph court May 4, 2022.