Disqualified driver fails to attend court

After being charged with operation of a motor vehicle while disqualified and failing to appear, Justin Tye, 24

After being charged with operation of a motor vehicle while disqualified and failing to appear, Justin Tye, 24, a Red Deer man, has pled guilty to both counts and was fined $250 for failing to appear and $1,000 for driving while prohibited. He was also given a 12-month driving prohibition.

Tye was caught Sept. 21, 2012, speeding south of Ponoka on Highway 2. It was determined he was a disqualified driver who had lost his license on Aug. 24, 2012.

Tye also failed to appear in court in October 2013 for the issue and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Finally appearing in court Aug. 22, 2014, Tye’s council informed the court that Tye was not present to face his driving charge because his life was in turmoil.

A recent move had resulted in the loss of his lawyer’s number and he had also gone through 10 surgeries after a 6,000-pound pipe crushed his arm.

However, once he was aware of the warrant, Tye contacted the authorities and entered guilty pleas.

Unsafe firearms conviction

Firearms charges have led to a heavy fine for a Red Deer man.

Adley White received a $2,000 fine and 24-month firearms, ammunition and explosives probation after being charged with careless use and storage of firearms and unauthorized possession of firearms.

On July 9, Ponoka RCMP received a complaint, leading them to White’s former residence where they seized three .22 calibre rifles, a 20-gauge shotgun and a Winchester .308 calibre rifle.

There was no indication that White had any proper documentation or licensing for the firearms and at least one of the guns was loaded.