Dis­tracted driv­ing case ends in con­vic­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

The colour of a cel­lu­lar phone may have been dis­puted in a dis­tracted driv­ing case, but a pro­vin­cial court judge saw only black and white.

Mur­ray River fish­er­man Don­nie John­ston ar­rived in court in Georgetown armed with pa­pers and pho­to­graphs but an at­tempt to get the case dis­missed failed.

“I was so sure that I left half way through haul­ing my lob­ster gear to get here and plead my case,’’ he told the judge.

RCMP Const. Jere­mey Cormier charged John­ston dur­ing the mid-af­ter­noon of April 16 with us­ing a cell­phone while driv­ing his truck.

“He was ig­no­rant to me when I pulled him over,’’ said Cormier. “And he called me Ein­stein.”

Cormier told the court he was in a stealth lo­ca­tion seated in a un­marked car and us­ing binoc­u­lars when he spot­ted John­ston driv­ing down Main Street in Mon­tague look­ing down to­wards his cell­phone.

But John­ston chal­lenged Cormier’s ticket in­for­ma­tion. The of­fi­cer iden­ti­fied the ac­cused’s truck as blue and John­ston in­tro­duced pho­to­graphs and in­sisted his truck was green.

The ac­cused sug­gested be­fore sen­tenc­ing that “he who rep­re­sents him­self (in court) has a fool for a client” be­fore he was fined $300

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