October 25th, 2020

Man sentenced on drug and obstruction charges


By Shurtz, Delon on March 20, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 29-year-old man who tried to run from police last month will spend some time in jail.

Police were patrolling around 18 street North Feb. 19 after receiving complaints of drug houses in the area. They saw Kyle James Young Pine walking away from a drug house and questioned him, during which he gave police a false name. When police asked for his real name, Young Pine, who knew there were outstanding warrants against him, took off on foot.

Following a chase, police caught him and found him in possession of three packages containing small amounts of carfentanil

Young Pine pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing a peace officer and drug possession in relation to the incident. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to comply with conditions of a probation order, stemming from incidents in 2019 when he failed to report to his probation officer.

Young Pine was sentenced to 15 days in jail on the failure to comply and obstruction charges, and he was fined $200 for drug possession. He chose to serve the default time of two days in jail – concurrent with the 15-day sentence – rather than pay the fine. The sentences will be tacked onto a jail sentence he is currently serving.

Lethbridge lawyer Vince Guinan told court Young Pine is addicted to drugs and has ADHD and some mental health problems. He’s scheduled to return to court next week on charges of robbery, unlawful confinement, disguised with intent, possession of a stolen credit card and using a stolen credit card.

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