The 49-year-old failed the test by the drug recognition evaluator, but refused a blood test.

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A 49-year-old Hamilton man is facing multiple charges after allegedly being caught driving while high.

Haldimand County OPP were called to Highway 3 and Highway 56 in Canfield shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday after someone reported seeing a vehicle that appeared to have crashed.

On scene officers found the damaged vehicle and when they spoke with the driver noticed signs of impairment.

The 49-year-old was arrested and taken to a police station, where he failed the test by a specially trained drug recognition evaluator — a 12-step test that includes an interview, eye exam and blood pressure checks.

OPP allege he refused a blood sample that may have detected the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive component in cannabis. Under new federal regulations it’s illegal to drive with five nanograms (ng) of THC per millilitre (mL) of blood, and 2.5 ng/mL when combined with alcohol.

OPP say they also uncovered a knife, unmarked cigarettes and cannabis when they searched the accused and his vehicle. It’s illegal to carry more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.

The 49-year-old faces charges of impaired driving, refusing to provide a blood sample, unauthorized possession of a weapon, possession of more than 30 grams of cannabis, driving a motor vehicle with cannabis readily available and possession of unmarked cigarettes.

He is expected to appear in court in Cayuga at a later date.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator