Motorcycle rider who insulted officer pleads guilty to impaired driving

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 4, 2016

PROVINCIAL COURT

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.

 

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