July 19th, 2024

Traffic stop results in additional charges


By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on June 8, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

When Bernadette Krista Eagle Plume was pulled over by RCMP during a traffic stop May 1 of this year, she knew she was in trouble. So when the officer – who pulled her over because there wasn’t a licence plate attached to the vehicle she was driving – asked for her name, she claimed she was Nicole Standing Alone.
The police officer wasn’t fooled, however, and she was arrested for obstruction.
Eagle Plume pleaded guilty Monday in Lethbridge provincial court to the obstruction charge, as well as charges of driving while prohibited, breach of probation and being unlawfully at large.
“Miss Eagle Plume identified to the officer that the reason for lying to the police was that she was, quote, ‘on the run,’ ” explained Crown Prosecutor Adam Zelmer.
Eagle Plume, who had previously been prohibited from driving, was wanted on outstanding warrants, and was supposed to be serving an intermittent jail sentence at the time she was arrested. She was unlawfully at large after she failed to begin her weekend sentence on March 4, and she remained at large until she was arrested during the traffic stop last month.
She was also on probation at the time, and had been ordered to report to a probation officer on April 5. She never reported and never responded when probation tried to contact her.
Eagle Plume’s intermittent sentence was collapsed and she was ordered to serve the sentence in straight time rather than on weekends. She was also prohibited from driving for one year and sentenced to 30 days for driving while prohibited and obstruction, and five days concurrent for breach of probation, for a total of two months in jail. She was, however, given credit for the equivalent of 19 days spent in pre-trial custody, reducing her time left to serve to 49 days.

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