Van chase leads to jail time

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY RYAN ROSS

A Cardi­gan man who was ac­cused of chas­ing an­other ve­hi­cle and run­ning it into a guardrail with his van was sen­tenced Mon­day to 20 days in jail for re­fus­ing to pro­vide po­lice with a proper breath sam­ple.

Bran­don Ja­son Quinn, 18, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town where he pleaded guilty to re­fus­ing to pro­vide a breath sam­ple for an ap­proved screen­ing de­vice.

The Crown stayed a dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge, but read the facts into the record.

Crown at­tor­ney Jeff Mac­Don­ald told the court that on April 30 around 1:50 a.m. the RCMP re­ceived a com­plaint of a man be­ing chased by a van driv­ing at a high speed.

The com­plainant re­ported that the van had al­ready forced his ve­hi­cle into a guardrail.

When the po­lice first saw the com­plainant’s ve­hi­cle it was go­ing 120 km/h. Af­ter he pulled over, the driver ran to po­lice with his hands over his head.

The po­lice pulled the van over soon af­ter, and af­ter sus­pect­ing Quinn had been drink­ing, an of­fi­cer de­manded he pro­vide a breath sam­ple for the road­side screen­ing de­vice.

Quinn’s first sam­ple wasn’t ad­e­quate, and the court heard he be­came bel­liger­ent, even­tu­ally giv­ing sev­eral more in­ad­e­quate sam­ples be­fore his ar­rest.

He still had a grad­u­ated driver’s li­cence at the time.

Quinn told po­lice he was trav­el­ling to his aunt’s house and the com­plainant’s ve­hi­cle hap­pened to be in front of his.

The court heard Quinn also told po­lice the com­plainant’s ve­hi­cle braked sud­denly caus­ing a col­li­sion.

Mac­Don­ald said the ev­i­dence wasn’t con­sis­tent with that ver­sion of events.

Along with the jail time, which Quinn will serve on week­ends, Orr fined him $1,000 and or­dered him to pay a $300 vic­tim sur­charge.

Quinn is also banned from driv­ing for two years.

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