By Delon Shurtz on December 9, 2020.
Taking a ride in a stolen semi truck has cost a Lethbridge man his freedom for a few months.
Darian Timothy Dufour was placed on house arrest for three months and ordered to obey a curfew for another three months after he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to being in possession of the stolen truck last year.
Court was told Dufour and another man, Geoffrey Parsons, broke into Wiseman Feeds near Coaldale in September 2019 and drove away in a 2015 semi tractor worth $82,500. Although Dufour did not drive the truck and was only a passenger, Crown Prosecutor Bruce Ainscough said “he was fully aware the vehicle was stolen.”
Police caught up to the truck after it became stuck in a field near Fort Macleod, and while Dufour got out of the truck and co-operated with police, Parsons continued to “rock” the truck back and forth until he was able to drive away.
Ainscough said police broke out a window and pepper sprayed Parsons, but he still sped away, with the police close behind. Parsons drove into another field, and smashed through a gate and fence before he became stuck again and was arrested. The truck was totalled.
Earlier this year Parsons dealt with the charges relating to this incident, as well as other charges involving additional break-ins, and was sentenced to 43 months in prison.
Because of Dufour’s lesser involvement in the theft and lack of criminal record, he was handed the six-month conditional sentence with house arrest and curfew. During the sentence he must not have any contact with Parsons, and must not consume alcohol or illegal drugs. He must also stay away from Wiseman Feeds, and reside at a specific residence on the northside.
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