Ma­jor wake-up call

Colden James Clory sen­tenced to to­tal of 35 days in jail af­ter spit­ting at po­lice of­fi­cer, fail­ing to give breath sam­ples

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.Ross@the­ Twit­­r­ross

A Ge­orge­town man who tried to spit on an RCMP of­fi­cer and failed to give proper breath sam­ples af­ter the po­lice sus­pected him of driv­ing drunk was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 35 days in jail.

Colden James Clory, 18, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provin­cial court in Ge­orge­town for sen­tenc­ing af­ter pre­vi­ously plead­ing guilty to as­sault­ing a peace of­fi­cer and re­fus­ing to give breath sam­ples.

Be­fore sen­tenc­ing Clory, Orr said the po­lice don’t need to be spit on or sub­jected to other abuse.

“The po­lice have a tough enough job to do,” she said.

Dur­ing a June court ap­pear­ance, the court heard the RCMP saw Clory in the driver’s seat of a ve­hi­cle stopped at the Pooles Cor­ner round­about.

There were two men in­side the ve­hi­cle and an of­fi­cer could smell al­co­hol.

Clory failed to give a proper breath sam­ple twice and later in­sulted one of­fi­cer by call­ing her a deroga­tory word.

The court heard the RCMP had to take a cruiser out of ser­vice for a day to have it cleaned.

On Thurs­day, de­fence lawyer Is­sac Quinn said a pre-sen­tence re­port painted a pic­ture of a young man with anger is­sues who had prob­lems with au­thor­ity.

The charges were a ma­jor wake-up call, Quinn said.

Orr said Clory’s be­hav­iour was out of pro­por­tion to the cir­cum­stances.

She sen­tenced Clory to con­sec­u­tive sen­tences of 30 days in jail for as­sault­ing a peace of­fi­cer and five days for fail­ing to give a breath sam­ple.

Clory must also pay a $1,200 fine, $460 in vic­tim sur­charges and $149.50 in resti­tu­tion to the RCMP. He is banned from driv­ing for two years and must write an apol­ogy let­ter to the of­fi­cers in­volved.

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