Man jailed for lying to police after accident

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Prince Edward Island provincial court

A 23-year-old Charlottetown man who lied to police about his identity following a motor vehicle accident has been sentenced to 10 days in the provincial correctional centre.

Brandon Edmund Martin was charged under a section of the Criminal Code dealing with public mischief. Under that section of the code, it is a criminal offence to make a statement to police falsely accusing someone else of a crime.

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr also prohibited Martin for operating a motor vehicle for two years. Orr noted that at the time of the accident that led to this charge, Martin had an expired driver’s licence.

“It’s bad enough you were driving when you were not supposed to be, but there was an accident,” Orr said.

The accident occurred when Martin failed to pay attention to a yield sign and drove into another vehicle.

Travelling in the other vehicle were a man and his 12-year-old son.

Martin had no prior criminal record but had accumulated numerous charges under the Highway Traffic Act and owes almost $1,500 to the province in unpaid fines. Orr told Martin to find and maintain employment and start paying off those fines.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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