Local briefs – April 22

A discharge hearing is set for mid-May for a man alleged to have been involved in a drunk driving spree that injured a teenager last October.

Discharge hearing scheduled for May

A discharge hearing is set for mid-May for a man alleged to have been involved in a drunk driving spree that injured a teenager last October.

Vasile Bebe Clement, 55, of Red Deer returns to court on May 19 for the discharge application, his lawyer John MacNaughton said on Wednesday.

Clement wasn’t in court because he’s gone to Europe to be with a sick relative, MacNaughton said.

MacNaughton also said Clement has completed three phases of treatment at a drug and alcohol treatment centre.

Clement is charged with impaired driving, with a blood-alcohol content of more than .08 per cent, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving while disqualified and mischief of less than $5,000.

MacNaughton wanted to postpone the hearing until later than May but Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson said the charges have been dragging on too long already.

RCMP said on Oct. 7 at around 6:45 p.m., a suspect driver in an pickup truck hit a mid-sized sedan from behind on 30th Avenue in the southbound lane.

The impact forced the sedan onto the grass median between the north and south lanes of 30th Avenue and injured a 13-year-old passenger. The youth was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Two other occupants in the sedan weren’t injured.

The suspect driver fled and was arrested about 7 p.m. when he crashed into a tree in the Clearview area.

The truck was reported speeding at a high rate south on 30th Avenue and hit a tree near Crossley Street.

RCMP said the suspect driver left the paved road and went over a dirt hill, driving through a chain link fence and a parking lot before hitting the tree.

In a discharge hearing, the court, instead of convicting a person of an offence committed under the impaired driving section, would hear medical evidence or other evidence.

If it then considers that the person needs curative treatment in relation to his alcohol or drug use and that it would not be contrary to the public interest, the court can order that the person be discharged.

The court would then prescribe conditions in an order for that person to seek curative treatment.

Volunteers wanted for civic committees

The City of Red Deer is looking for volunteers to fill positions that are vacant on a number of committees.

The Crime Prevention and Policing Study, Environmental Advisory, Municipal Features Naming and Secondary Suite Regulation Review committees all have openings.

Details on the committees and application forms are available from Legislative and Administrative Services on the second floor of City Hall or online at www.reddeer.ca/councilcommittees.

Application forms must be returned to Legislative and Administrative Services or by fax to 403-346-6195 no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

For more information, call 403-342-8132 or e-mail legislativeservices@reddeer.ca