October 25th, 2020

Man sentenced for obstruction of peace officer


By Shurtz, Delon on October 31, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

When it comes to a foot race between a human and a police dog, the dog usually wins.

Clinton Brian Daniels found that out the hard way on Oct. 12 when he tried to flee from police.

Daniels, 44, was the passenger in a minivan that was stopped by police after they recognized him as someone wanted on warrants. The vehicle stopped, but Daniels refused to exit, and instead locked his door and ordered the driver to drive away. When she refused, Daniels slid across the front seat in what appeared to be an attempt to flee – with a child in the back seat – but police managed to shoot him with a Taser. He pulled off the Taser’s probes and took off on foot, leading police on a chase through yards and over fences.

A police dog was deployed and after the suspect fell from a fence and broke his leg, the dog took him down. Daniels was then arrested and taken into custody.

Daniels pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of obstructing a peace officer and was sentenced to 15 days in jail. He also pleaded guilty to one count of assault stemming from an unrelated incident, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Court was told Daniels had changed the door code on the residence in which he was renting and sharing with the landlord, and on Oct. 8 when the landlord arrived home she was forced to climb through a window. The two argued, and after the landlord left to go downstairs, Daniels followed her, knocked her phone out of her hand, and threatened to kill her.

Daniels will also be on probation for one year.

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