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Man accused of hitting border officers working on a deal

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on January 13, 2024.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Milk River man accused of striking two border officers with his vehicle last year, hopes to resolve his charges without a trial.

During a brief hearing Friday in Lethbridge court of justice, an agent for Calgary lawyer Gregory Dunn said the defence for Kache Clayton Miller and the Crown have been discussing the matter with the intention to resolve it.

“There has been extensive back and forth with regards to resolution discussions,” the agent said. “It’s my understanding that Mr. Dunn sent a counter-proposal to (the Crown’s) office yesterday; obviously (he) will need some time to consider it.”

On May 13 a driver trying to enter Canada at the Coutts port of entry and who refused to get out of his vehicle, drove his vehicle into two Canada Border Services officers out of frustration at being stopped at the border, the RCMP said.

“The traveller refused to leave his vehicle,” said RCMP Corporal Gina Slaney. “He refused to do that and he got mad and hit the officers in protest. They’re lucky they weren’t more seriously injured.”

Miller, 50, was charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, and single counts of obstructing a peace officer and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He was released from custody and made his first court appearance in June.

Following Friday’s court hearing, which Miller was not required to attend, the matter was adjourned to Jan. 19.

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