October 28th, 2020

Resolution offer to be studied


By Shurtz, Delon on June 11, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

The lawyer for a 25-year-old Lethbridge man accused of trying to flee from police in a stolen vehicle, hopes to resolve the matter and avoid a trial.

During a brief hearing Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court, Calgary lawyer Robin McIntyre said she had received a resolution offer from the Crown but needed more time to go over the details with her client, Anthony Douglas Johston.

Johnston was denied bail last month, and during a subsequent court hearing McIntyre said she would consider going to trial if early case resolution discussions with the Crown failed.

Johnston faces charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, driving while uninsured, operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, flight from police, dangerous driving and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Police reported they were looking for a stolen Ford Explorer when they noticed it March 20 in the Dairy Queen drive-thru on Mayor Magrath Drive South. As officers tried to trap the vehicle, it drove into a police vehicle then into the side of a motel office building.

The driver tried again to evade police but failed and was arrested. Two passengers in the vehicle were also taken into custody.

Damage to the motel and Explorer is estimated at $75,000 to $100,000.

Johnston’s next court hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

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