Refusing a breathalyzer doesn’t save you from hefty fines

Cowichan Lake area-specific files from the Duncan Law Courts for the week ending Saturday, September 17.

  • Sep. 19, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Not blowing into a breathalyzer when a police officer asks you to isn’t too wise a decision.

This is the message Cora Elaine Coulombe (born 1983) got during a Tuesday, September 13, appearance at the Duncan Law Courts.

Coulombe was found guilty for failure or refusal to provide sample, and handed a $1,000 fine and issued a victim surcharge of $150. She’s also been prohibited from driving for 12 months.

The offence dates back to July 2, 2010, in the community of Youbou.

Other locally-occurring cases

• Driving while prohibited was an expensive mistake for Douglas Graham Neva (born 1975).

During a Tuesday, September 13, appearance at the Duncan Law Courts, Neva was found guilty and fined $750 and prohibited from driving for one year, for a May 27, 2011, incident of driving while prohibited in Youbou.

• Making his first appearance after having a bench warrant issued for his arrest, Phillip James Chupik (born 1976) appeared at the Duncan Law Courts, Tuesday, September 13, to face charges related to a March 1 assault in Lake Cowichan.

A trial confirmation hearing has been set for November 23, and a trial is set for December 28.

Chupik also appeared at the Duncan Law Courts, Tuesday, September 13, for a trial confirmation hearing to face charges related to a February 14 incident in Lake Cowichan.

The specific charges include fear of injury and damage to property.

A hearing has been set for October 18, at the Duncan Law Courts.

• For allegedly driving in Lake Cowichan while prohibited, with a licence suspended, Ryan Martin Hanson (born 1982) made his first appearance at the Duncan Law Courts, Tuesday, September 13.

The alleged incident took place June 30 of this year. Hanson is expected to make a plea, Tuesday, September 27.

• For an alleged May 7 theft of $5,000 or under in Lake Cowichan, Anthony Michael Rideout (born 1979) is set to make a plea, October 11.

Rideout appeared at the Duncan Law Courts, Tuesday, September 13, to obtain counsel.

Amber Lynn Davidson (born 1986) made her first appearance at the Duncan Law Courts, Wednesday, September 14, to face an assault with a weapon charge, in relation to an alleged August 31 incident in Lake Cowichan.

Davidson will next appear at the Duncan Law Courts, Wednesday, October 12, to make a plea.

• A trial confirmation hearing and trial date has been set for Cassandra Lee Elliott (born 1987).

Elliott faces assault and unlawful confinement or imprisonment charges related to an alleged August 19 incident in Lake Cowichan.

A trial confirmation hearing is set for November 9, while the trial will take place December 13.

• A trial has been set in relation to an alleged August 13 assault in Honeymoon Bay, for December 5, at the Duncan Law Courts.

Adrian Angus Mullett (born 1984) has been charged with the incident, and faces two assault charges and one charge of assault causing bodily harm.

A trial confirmation hearing has been set for November 9.

• After having a bench warrant issued for him, Donald Albert Walker appeared at the Duncan Law Courts twice, including September 9 and September 14 appearances. September 28 will see Walker back in court to fix a date for trial.

The charges Walker will face include assault and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, stemming from an alleged August 14 incident in Youbou.

His failure to appear in court, August 31, resulted in not only the bench warrant issued for him, but a charge of failing to appear pursuant to an appearance notice.

• Last year’s alleged murder near Nitinat Lake, July 4, 2010, is still going through the court process.

The charges are against Alphonse Brendon Menard (born 1987), who is alleged to have shot and killed his father, Tony Menard, 52, during a camping trip at the Sommerset Mountain Range west of Nitinat Lake.

At the time of the shooting they were reportedly target-shooting.

Menard’s court appearances will continue in the coming weeks, in preparation for setting a trial.

Much of the information on this page is according to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Website.

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