Chad Ray Howse, 21, pleaded guilty to four separate charges at Boyle Provincial Court Aug. 10, which resulted in several large fines and jail time for the young man.
Howse pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without insurance, charges of driving while unregistered, driving without a license and failing to attend court.
The first two charges were related to an incident dating back to Nov. 17, 2009 in Lac La Biche where the RCMP watched a vehicle roll through a stop sign and upon checking the vehicle’s license plate it was found that the license plate was registered to another vehicle.
Upon speaking to the driver of the vehicle, who was later found to be the accused, he did not have any insurance on the vehicle, registration or a driver’s license.
On Apr. 22, 2010 near Buffalo Lake at a checkstop, located on Highway 855 and Buffalo Lake Drive, conducted by the Boyle RCMP Howse was pulled over once again and as in the first incident he did not have a license or registration for the vehicle.
In fact, court heard, Howse never owned a license in his life.
Judge L.J. Burges handed Howse the minimum $2875 fine for driving without insurance, a $1000 fine for driving while unregistered, a 30-day jail sentence for the failing to attend court on Feb. 22, 2010 and for the second charge of driving while unregistered.
Howse will serve the jail sentence beginning on Aug. 20 at the Lac La Biche detachment intermittently on weekends.
Fine and driving prohibition for drinking and driving incident
Mark Earl Dutka, 48, avoided trial on the charge of failing to provide a breath sample on Aug. 10 by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of dangerous driving in court.
On May 21, 2008 the Boyle RCMP received a call from someone who saw a white Chevrolet truck go into the ditch near Wandering River.
The anonymous caller also told the RCMP that they suspected the driver was impaired.
Upon arriving at the scene, Boyle RCMP found the white Chevrolet truck in the ditch, with the driver still in the front seat of the vehicle.
Court heard that the driver appeared very intoxicated.
The accused was arrested and charged at the scene.
Judge Burges handed Dutka a $1400 fine and a one-year driving suspension for the dangerous driving charge.