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Suspended sentence for P.E.I. man who didn't stop for police

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A Milton Station man who was arrested the day after a police officer gave up chasing his vehicle for safety reasons was recently given a suspended sentence.

Matthew Charles Schurman, 20, appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to failing to stop for the police.

Crown attorney Nathan Beck told the court that on Nov. 5 at 10:30 p.m. a police officer responded to a complaint about a vehicle driving in the Harrington area.

The court heard that when the officer saw the vehicle, which belonged to Schurman, it was driving faster than the speed limit.

Beck said the officer followed the vehicle but abandoned the chase for safety reasons as it approached Charlottetown.

The police arrested Schurman the next day.

Beck told the court Schurman gave the police a statement but didn’t admit to being the driver.

In giving Schurman a suspended sentence, Orr followed a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence.

Schurman will be on probation for one year, which includes a condition he not drive unless his probation officer consents. 

Ryan Ross is The Guardian's justice reporter.

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