The aftermath of the crash that knocked out power to a portion of Ponoka for several hours on Jan. 24. The driver is heading to trial on Dec. 11 over the incident. File photo

December trial scheduled in incident at Ponoka Tim Hortons

Man facing 10 counts enters not guilty pleas in incident that shut Ponoka Tim Hortons

The man charged with several offences in relation to a crash that caused significant damage and confusion now has a date for his trial.

Lee Curtis, 34, is facing criminal counts including impaired driving, assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest, mischief over $5,000 and careless driving resulting from a collision with a power box at the Ponoka Tim Hortons on Jan. 24.

Curtis was not in Ponoka Provincial Court during the April 6 appearance, choosing instead to have his lawyer Rodney Clark represent him. Clark entered pleas of not guilty to all 10 charges that have been laid.

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It’s alleged that Curtis, the driver of a pickup that left the Ponoka Tim Hortons parking lot in an erratic fashion, eventually spinning out of control, taking out a nearby electrical vault. It’s also alleged the driver then attempted to attack Tim Hortons staff, after they had called police to report the collision. The incident caused a large flash and knocked out power to parts of Ponoka for several hours.

Curtis was arrested at the Co-op gas station shortly after RCMP arrived on the scene.

The judge only trial is scheduled for Dec. 11, 2018 in Ponoka Provincial Court and slated to take up nearly a full day.

Clark, in speaking to the case while setting the case for trial, noted that during the trial, his defence will not contest a few of the charges his client is facing. Crown counsel also admitted there remains a number of written disclosure documents that have yet to be received and those will be forwarded to the defence as it becomes available.

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