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  |  Posted: Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 06:00 am

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Dine and dash nets fine

A local man who left some spit as a tip is out $650 for stiffing a local restaurant on a bill.

Dustin Charles Miller, 24, of St. Albert pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulently obtaining food Monday in St. Albert Provincial Court.

Crown prosecutor Patricia Hankinson told the court that Miller and another man had racked up roughly $65 in expenses at a St. Albert Boston Pizza last Feb. 1 at about 8:45 p.m.

When presented with the bill, “the accused spat into the receipt he was given” and ran out the door without paying, she continued.

Miller and the other man later stole a number of frozen food items from a nearby Petro Canada outlet. Police intercepted them soon after – they still had the food items on them. Both had been drinking that night.

The court heard that Miller had a Grade 11 education and worked for Canadian Natural Resources in Fort McKay. His criminal record included previous convictions for assault, possession of drugs and driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

Judge Bruce Garriock fined Miller $650.

Ban for drunken U-turn

A 52-year-old man has been banned from driving for a year after nearly hitting another driver while drunk.

Thomas Shiels Hyman, 52, pleaded guilty Monday in St. Albert court to one count of having a blood-alcohol level over 0.08.

Hyman was driving near St. Albert Trail and Giroux Road last April 19 at about 3:30 a.m. when he was spotted doing a sharp U-turn in the intersection, nearly hitting another vehicle in the process, Hankinson told the court.

When police pulled Hyman over, they noticed multiple signs of intoxication, including delayed reactions and the smell of alcohol. A breathalyser test suggested that he had 150 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood in his system at the time – almost twice the legal limit.

The court heard that Hyman had no previous criminal record and was now attending Alcoholics Anonymous every week.

Garriock fined Hyman $1,300 and banned him from driving for a year.


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