Court Briefs


Lying to police about his identity by giving them two fake names has netted a man four days in jail.

David Michael Smith appeared in St. Albert court on Monday via closed-circuit television (CCTV) from the Edmonton Remand Centre.

He pleaded guilty to obstructing and resisting a peace officer when he was stopped for speeding on May 23. Instead of giving officers his real name, Smith told RCMP his last name was “Mireault.” He attempted to conceal his identity again when he gave officers his brother’s name and birth date.

St. Albert RCMP were eventually able to identify the man through photos. At the time Smith was on outstanding warrants from Edmonton.

Judge Bruce Garriock elected for a sentence of time served since Smith had been in jail for four days.

A man received a hefty fine in St. Albert court on Monday for driving with a blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit.

On March 27, RCMP spotted a possible impaired driver entering the city from Edmonton. Officers pulled the vehicle over and the driver, who was later identified as Troy Peter Moch, provided two breath samples reading 170 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – the legal limit is 80.

Moch pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit. Court heard he had an impaired driving charge on his criminal record dating back to 2000 and a dangerous driving charge from 2007.

Moch was handed a $1,700 fine and one-year driving prohibition with the option to apply to the interlock program after three months.

Breaking the conditions of his release is the reason a man will be spending a little over the next three weeks behind bars.

Shawn Hamar Hanson pleaded guilty to failure to comply with the conditions of his undertaking – to stay away from alcohol – via CCTV from the remand centre on Monday.

Court heard on May 21, officers found Hanson heavily intoxicated outside a Chinese restaurant.

“He’s no stranger for receiving time for breaches,” said provincial Crown prosecutor John Donahoe, citing Hanson’s criminal record.

Hanson has spent more than 30 days in jail since 2009 for breaking the conditions of his release.

Garriock handed Hanson a 30-day jail sentence of which he has 21 days left to serve.


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