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Man accused in rampage charged with impaired driving

A Trochu man accused of going on a rampage after being fired from his job has pleaded guilty to impaired driving charges.

Chad Alain Frere, 38, pleaded guilty in Drumheller provincial court on Wednesday to driving while his blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit. He was fined $1,200 and is prohibited from driving for one year.

Frere was arrested in late June by Three Hills RCMP, who allege that members were held at bay for five hours by the former Trochu Motors employee who told relatives that he wanted to kill former co-workers.

Frere is to be tried in Drumheller provincial court on June 5 on charges arising from the standoff.

His mother is also before the courts, accused of barging through police lines in an attempt to come to her son’s aid during the alleged standoff.

Marie-Claire Frere, 60, returns to Drumheller provincial court on Dec. 5 to enter a plea on charges of obstructing police, failing to stop or resisting police and dangerous driving.

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