Motorcycle rider who insulted officer pleads guilty to impaired driving

Ryan Ross
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A Charlottetown man who was so drunk the officer who arrested him said she didn’t know how he was able to ride his motorcycle will be back in court later this month for sentencing.

Matthew Kristian Scott, 28, went to trial Friday where he appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown.

The trial ended when Scott changed his plea to guilty of impaired driving after the court heard from a few witnesses, including the arresting officer.

The court heard that on Oct. 9, 2015, Scott and another man were drinking at Yogi’s Bar in the Maypoint Plaza in Charlottetown.

A bartender testified the men had about four or five beer before leaving on their motorcycles.

She called the police after noticing one of them seemed quite intoxicated.

A female Charlottetown police officer testified she later arrested Scott, who she said was so impaired he gave her his cellphone when she asked for his licence.

Scott was belligerent, uncooperative and called her names all the way back to the police station, she said.

The officer also testified her thumb nail was ripped off in a scuffle with Scott as she tried to arrest him.

When the Crown asked the officer how impaired Scott was, she replied she didn’t know how he was able to drive.

On a scale from one to 10, the officer described his intoxication level as an eight.

The officer told the court Scott refused to provide samples for the breathalyzer.

Before the defence cross-examined the officer, Scott’s lawyer Yolande Murphy asked for a brief recess.   

When court resumed, Scott entered a guilty plea to impaired driving.

He then asked for an adjournment before sentencing so he could spend time with his sister who is visiting from Alberta.

Orr suggested Scott take the opportunity to apologize to the arresting officer before his sentencing.

Scott will be back in court March 21.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Alberta

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  • Jdges should at least reflect to be accountable to the citizens of this province
    March 06, 2016 - 09:57

    The judges who fail to deal with these offenders properly are "enablers" and some have no fear of the justice system because of it. .They and their defence lawyers know what to say and how to say it......and in the long run islanders lives are put in jeopardy because of their lack of accountability to any type of rehabilitation by judges who while trying to be fair or THINK they are,in a province will an extremely high rate of drinking and driving...funny thought if you are from out of province the accused get "NAILED"...the locals well is there an "intimidation" factor or they know the big cheque and pension will come no matter what they do and they are unaccountable.

  • James
    March 04, 2016 - 19:46

    Judge Douglas giving an accused no time because he could not speak english, he had a drivers licence, is the worst of the worst. Better yet, nothing done about it. Judge Lantz is no better. The only Provincial Court Judge we got is Nancy ORR. Many Impaired Drivers got jail time and just last week two or three did not get jail time with reading double and triple. Who in the Justice Department are doing anything about this?

  • Nancy Nice
    March 04, 2016 - 13:56

    So glad they could accommodate this outstanding citizen! Wouldn't want to inconvenience his visit.

  • jill
    March 04, 2016 - 13:23

    Say you don't speak english. That will work.