Edmonton man suing police for seizing vehicle

The Law Courts are seen in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, April 15, 2013. The courts building hosts...

The Law Courts are seen in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, April 15, 2013. The courts building hosts provincial court, Court of Queen's Bench and various justice offices. Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

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An Edmonton man is suing police after alleging his vehicle was seized and he was issued a 24-hour suspension for being high on marijuana despite any evidence of it.

According to an Oct. 18 statement of claim, Ross Hunter Duthie is seeking to be repaid the $180 he had to pay to get his pickup released from the impound lot and he wants the police to admit that the suspension was issued in error and should be removed from his driving record.

As well, Duthie wants the two officers who pulled him over and Police Chief Rod Knecht to have to pay aggravated and punitive damages in the amount of $1,000.

Duthie alleges he was pulled over while stopped at a red light at the overpass on 170 Street and Yellowhead Trail on Jan. 11, 2013, and asked to roll down his window.

He claims he was then accused of being in possession of marijuana, which he repeatedly denied, and was then informed he was under arrest for marijuana possession.


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