2017-08-16

The Court Report: August 16 edition

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>The August 16 edition of the court report.</p>

Accused in confrontation with police. A Bridgewater woman was arraigned on four charges stemming from an alleged confrontation with police in June. Deanna Elaine Laird, 33, is accused of obstructing the Bridgewater Police Service by standing in front of a police car as they dealt with a person in custody, resisting an officer by pulling away, kicking and biting and assaulting a different officer by kicking him the chest. Laird's also charged with breaching an undertaking by failing to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.The allegations date back to June 6. In an online statement, the Bridgewater Police Service said a woman was charged after confronting police who were investigating an unrelated incident. Laird's case returns to court later this month as the matter proceeds through the legal system.

Impaired by drug. A 36 year old found behind the wheel of a vehicle with traces of LSD, cocaine, a central nervous system depressant and cannabis compounds in his system was fined, temporarily banned from driving in Canada and placed on probation. Ryan Lee Brannen admitted to driving while impaired by drug. Brannen was found "zoned out" behind the wheel in November 2016 after police encountered his vehicle in November 2016 partially in the ditch off Highway 103 in Cookville. Brannen continued to stare at the police officer after being asked if he was okay, court heard, and moved in "slow motion" when responding to police instructions. An analysis later showed the substances in Brannen's system. He was fined $1,300, handed a one year Canada-wide driving prohibition and placed on a year of probation. Brannen was sentenced August 9.

Over the limit. A 38 year old man was fined $1,300 and banned from driving in Canada for one year after he admitted to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Daniel Gregory Ryan registered breathalyser readings of 110 and 100 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood following the police encountering the vehicle he was driving in June at a checkpoint in Lunenburg. The legal limit for a fully licenced driver is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Ryan was sentenced August 9.

Impaired by alcohol. A 47 year old man admitted he was impaired by alcohol in May when police pulled over the vehicle he was driving earlier this year. David Gordon Matthews, who pleaded guilty to being impaired by alcohol, was fined $1,300 and handed a one year Canada-wide driving prohibition. Police were alerted to Matthews' vehicle when it was seen swerving while travelling in the Hebbville area. Matthews was sentenced August 9.

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