Ve­hi­cle chase, as­sault lead to jail time

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

A P.E.I. man who chased his vic­tim with a ve­hi­cle and as­saulted her in a stranger’s home was sen­tenced Wednes­day to 15 months in jail.

James Calvin McFad­den, 39, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town for sen­tenc­ing af­ter pre­vi­ously plead­ing guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing, as­sault and dam­ag­ing prop­erty.

On a night in March, McFad­den chased the vic­tim and tried to stop her sev­eral times, in­clud­ing by ram­ming her ve­hi­cle and at one point turn­ing his own car side­ways to block the road.

Once, when the woman was stopped, McFad­den reached through her ve­hi­cle’s win­dow and slammed her head off the steer­ing wheel.

She later sought help by go­ing to a house in Morell where she saw a light on.

McFad­den as­saulted her again in­side the house’s mud­room.

Dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing, the court heard McFad­den had is­sues with al­co­hol and anger man­age­ment.

Orr said McFad­den’s ac­tions were not a mo­men­tary lapse of judg­ment and they oc­curred over a pe­riod of about an hour or more. She also re­ferred to a pre-sen­tence re­port that men­tioned McFad­den thought he could drink so­cially, but now knows he can’t.

Be­fore hear­ing his sen­tence, McFad­den rose from his seat at the de­fence ta­ble with his hands and feet shack­led as he briefly ad­dressed the court to say he was sorry for all the peo­ple he af­fected.

McFad­den said he was go­ing to take ev­ery step that he could to be a bet­ter man.

Along with the jail time, McFad­den will be on pro­ba­tion for three years and is banned from driv­ing for three years.

He must pay a to­tal of $14,240.50 in resti­tu­tion for dam­age to the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle, dam­age to the ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing, which be­longed to his mother, and dam­age to the home in Morell.

McFad­den must also pay $500 in vic­tim sur­charges and write an apol­ogy let­ter to the vic­tim. He will have to pro­vide a DNA sam­ple for the na­tional data­bank and was given a weapons pro­hi­bi­tion.

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