Judge drops charges against Kulka
By LISA LISLE -- Ottawa Sun
Former Rough Rider and wrestler Glenn Kulka arrives at court yesterday, where drunk-driving charges against him were dropped. -- Tony Caldwell, Ottawa Sun
Former CFL all-star and WWF wannabe Glenn Kulka won his rematch
against Lady Justice yesterday thanks to the distracted OPP tag team that took
Impaired driving charges against the 35-year-old former Ottawa Rough Rider
defensive end were thrown out yesterday because the two OPP cops responding to
January's four-vehicle crash on Hwy. 417 near Parkdale Ave. didn't have
reasonable grounds to arrest him.
Justice Bernard Ryan said the smell of alcohol was enough to administer a
roadside breathalyzer test but not enough for an arrest.
The crash occurred just before 11 p.m. Jan. 24, when the car Kulka was
driving slammed into a second vehicle.
Both drivers stopped their vehicles and were standing on the side of the
road when Mark Schenk, also headed east on Hwy. 417, slammed on his brakes to
avoid a collision.
"I just managed to stop," Schenk said outside the courtroom yesterday.
While Schenk spoke to the other two drivers, a fourth vehicle rammed his
car and then bounced into one of the vehicles involved in the initial
Schenk's wife Leah Anderson, who was still sitting in the car when the
fourth vehicle came along, was taken to hospital for neck and back injuries.
Concerned the cars could cause a serious chain reaction of crashes, Senior
Const. Frank Maestri and acting Sgt. John Putinski -- who didn't have a
roadside tester with them -- decided to arrest Kulka and bring him to the
NO PROBABLE GROUNDS
When Putinski brought Kulka to his cruiser, the hulking Gloucester resident
was "unsteady" on his feet.
"The staggering took place after the arrest," Justice Ryan said, noting the
officers didn't have probable grounds until the arrest had already been made.
Because of this, the breathalyzer test done at the police station --which
indicated the 270-lb. man had two times the legal limit of alcohol in his
blood -- wasn't presented as evidence.
"I'm very thankful the charges were dropped," said Kulka, who has since
dropped his dream of being in the wrestling
ring to become a fitness
consultant. "But I still recognize the severity of the charges."
Yesterday wasn't Kulka's first tangle in the legal ring. In March 1992, he
pleaded guilty and was fined $300 for cocaine possession. The CFL also slapped
him with a $500 fine and ordered him to act as the league's anti-drug
Although his dad Stan Kulka said his son had inked a three-year deal with
the WWF last winter, Kulka said yesterday past injuries have kept him out of
ON THE DEFENSIVE
- 1990-94: Glenn Kulka spends five seasons playing for the Ottawa Rough
Riders during his 11-year career as a defensive end with the CFL.
- March 1992: Kulka pleads guilty to cocaine possession and is fined $300.
The CFL also hits him with a $500 fine for the offence and orders him to act
as the league's anti-drug spokesman.
- Nov. 1997: Kulka makes his WWF debut at the Corel Centre after learning
tricks of the trade from the Hart family in Calgary. He wins his first match
against Sexton Hardcastle.
- Feb. 1999: Kulka returns to the ring after breaking his leg in the ring
during a 1998 match.
- Jan. 24, 2000: Kulka is charged with impaired driving after he was
involved in a four-vehicle crash on Hwy. 417 near Parkdale Ave.
- Feb. 2000: The WWF releases Kulka from a three-year deal inked just
before his arrest, reporting the news on its official website but giving no
- Oct. 25, 2000: Judge drops impaired driving charge against Kulka.
More Kulka stories
Feb. 18, 2000: Luna & Kulka released: WWF.com
Jan. 27, 2000: Glenn Kulka faces legal bout
May 3, 1999: Kulka enjoying 'AAA' Memphis
August 23, 1997: Kulka joins mat pack