Article by Harold Carmichael, The Sudbury Star
A Greater Sudbury man who admitted he consumed two types of marijuana products and then drove before ending up on an embankment in front of a car dealership is now headed to a trial.
Adriano Circelli, 39, pleaded guilty in Sudbury court dangerous driving after crashing at the intersection of Falconbridge Road/Second Avenue and The Kingsway.
However, Ontario Court Justice John Keast struck the plea after hearing conflicting details about Circelli’s driving from his lawyer.
The court heard that Circelli was driving a Nissan Altima eastbound on The Kingsway about 8:05 p.m. Sept. 14 when his vehicle stopped well short of the intersection.
After other motorists began trying to get Circelli’s attention – he appeared to have his head and arms down as he sat behind the steering wheel, according to one witness statement – the Altima then drifted north across two lanes of traffic, sped up into the ditch, and then up an embankment coming to rest in front of Cambrian Ford.
Greater Sudbury Police officers who responded suspected Circelli was impaired due to drugs, so a drug recognition expert officer was called in. Circelli passed his testing.
The investigation determined Circelli had driven after consuming some cannabis buds and cannabis oil, which he had just purchased at a city business.
Defence lawyer Denis Michel said Circelli “has no recollection after he picked up the substances.”
Keast said it was obvious from the witness statements that Circelli did not know what he was doing at the time.