First time offenders and alcohol permeate the docket
May 8, 2019
Judge G. W. Paul
Brock Shaun Geddes (22) pled guilty to drunk driving.
On March 30, 2019 at 2:20 a.m., a patrol noticed a male driver leaning forward without a seat belt on at Main St. and 6th Ave., the crown prosecutor said.
The officer attempted a stop, but the vehicle continued. The vehicle drove down a parallel road on 12th St. The driver drove into a parking lot and parked close to a hotel.
The officer approached the vehicle. He noted the odour of alcohol in the vehicle.
Geddes failed a breath test with results of 0.17, over twice the legal limit.
Geddes had no previous record of any kind.
Geddes was fined $1,500, prohibited from driving for one year, and now has a criminal record. He is eligible to apply for the Ignition Interlock Program.
Nicholas Mallaley (36) pled guilty to possession of stolen property, failure to attend trial, and failure to attend court. The possession charge was ten years old.
In April 2009, police received a complaint that tools and other items stored in a friend’s shed had been stolen, said the prosecutor.
Police found these at a pawn shop in Slave Lake. They also found video of Mallaley pawning these items for $300.
The prosecutor said the items were returned to the owner and the pawn shop was out the $300.
Mallaley has no previous record.
“Rather ancient matter,” defence said.
Before sentencing, Judge Paul adjourned the matter for an hour so that Mallaley could attempt restitution. However, the pawn shop is no longer in operation, and Mallaley was unable to contact the former owner. Instead, the suggestion was made that a donation be made to the Slave Lake Animal Rescue Committee.
Mallaley was fined $500 for missing trial and $200 for missing court. For possession of stolen goods, he was given a suspended sentence of three months probation.
The conditions were that he keep the peace, report as directed and donate $300 to Animal Rescue, providing proof to his probation officer. If he donates within a week of court, he doesn’t have to report again.
Niesea V. Menasty-Watt pled guilty to breach of probation.
The breach happened from December 2018 to January 2019, when she failed to report to her probation officer.
Menasty-Watt was fined $200.
Jason Donald Rockwell (43) entered a plea of guilty to drunk driving.
On February 27, 2019 at 5:46 p.m., a police officer sitting in a marked police vehicle was approached by a passerby. The person reported seeing a vehicle with someone passed out in the driver’s seat, said the crown prosecutor.
The officer found the vehicle in front of Doms Bistro. The occupant was in the driver’s seat leaned back with glasses on his face. The keys were in the ignition. The vehicle was running.
The officer noticed the odour of alcohol in the vehicle. Rockwell’s face was red and flushed and he appeared confused, the prosecutor said. In a breath test, Rockwell blew 0.3 which is 3.75 times the legal limit.
Judge Paul called the blood alcohol level “extremely aggravated.”
This was Rockwell’s first criminal conviction.
Rockwell was fined $2,000 and prohibited from driving for one year. He is eligible to apply for the Ignition Interlock Program.
A man escaped criminal charges by agreeing to a six-month peace bond, with the conditions that he keep the peace, attend court if necessary, and not use corporal punishment against any of his children.
Under the Motor Vehicle Transport Act, Bryan A. Treptow, from Meadow Lake, pled guilty to failing to produce a log book.
Treptow was pulled over on February 20, 2019. He did not have a log book. Charges were laid on February 27.
“(I was) unaware I needed a log book,” Treptow said.
After being pulled over, Treptow said he approached his local highway patrol officer in Meadow Lake to find out what he and his drivers needed to do to comply with the law.
The federal prosecutor via the provincial prosecutor asked for $1,000 or 20 per cent of the maximum fine.
“Thousand dollar fine offense in not out of the norm,” Judge Paul said.
In this case, he did not issue this fine.
“(You’ve) travelled so far, taken all the steps necessary,” Judge Paul said. “I don’t understand the federal prosecutor’s policy.”
Treptow was fined $300.
At trial, Ethan Alexander Cole (23) changed his plea to guilty to one charge of assault.
On November 28, 2018, 911 received a call. A woman reported that her partner was in an altercation with a man. This man struck her partner in the face with a 1/3 full bottle of Crown Royal, the crown prosecutor said.
Both the victim and witness attended court.
The prosecutor submitted the impact statement. He said the victim’s missing eye was not a result of the altercation. The swelling to the victim’s face went down eventually, but the victim found it very humiliating to hide her “swollen disfigurement” from her grandchildren and others.
Cole had no previous record.
The defence said Cole had a foggy memory of the event. He was very drunk at the time. The defence also brought forward Gladue factors and Cole’s plans for education.
“Nature of the offense is troubling of course,” Judge Paul said. “(A conditional discharge) creates a record for a shorter period.”
Cole was sentenced to a conditional discharge of 12 months of probation. The conditions included no consumption of alcohol, no contact with the victim and witness, and that he continue with his education. Provided he keeps all of the conditions his criminal record will be expunged.