Hamilton Police Arrest Local Driver for Impaired by Drug
Hamilton Police are reminding drivers, ‘Impaired is Impaired.’ Driving under the influence of marihuana holds the same penalties as alcohol impairment. A Hamilton man was arrested for impaired driving by drug, after an officer proactively patrolling in the east end of the city observed the vehicle commit several Highway Traffic Act infractions. The driver was arrested, his vehicle was impounded for seven days and he was released with a future court date.
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, shortly before 9:00 p.m., while on proactive patrol, police observed a black pick- up truck in the area of Barton Street East and Parkdale Avenue North, Hamilton. The vehicle failed to signal several lane changes which drew the officer’s attention. While directly following the vehicle, the officer could detect the odour of marihuana. A traffic stop was conducted and once the officer addressed the driver at the car door, he detected several odours believed to have been activated to mask the smell of marihuana. The odour of fresh marihuana was then detected emanating from the vehicle’s cabin. Through investigation police determined the driver was operating a motor vehicle while impaired, he was subsequently arrested. Several grams of marihuana were located in the immediate vicinity of the driver.
The driver, a 63-year-old Hamilton man was released with a future court date. His vehicle has been impounded for seven days.
- 13 grams of fresh marihuana
- 9 marihuana rolled cigarettes = 4 grams
- Partially smoked marihuana rolled cigarette