Erratic driver found not criminally responsible

An unsafe driver who evaded police in 2012 was found not criminally responsible for his actions in provincial court on Sept. 5, 2014.

An unsafe driver who evaded police in 2012 was found not criminally responsible for his actions in provincial court on Sept. 5, 2014.

On Sept. 19, 2012, Murray Fawkes failed to stop for police after being observed driving dangerously along Highway 2.

One tire of his vehicle was missing and it was travelling on its metal rim. Near Maskwacis, Fawkes drove his vehicle into the median then back onto the road, swerving from one shoulder to the other. A hazardous lane change caused him to damage two other vehicles, leaving his unusable.

Despite the use of lights and sirens police gave only a short pursuit due to concern for public safety. It was a witness who led police to Fawkes.

Both the crown and council agree Fawkes should not be held criminally responsible, it was stated in court he believes God was behind his driving that day and that he was on his way to heaven.

A NCR (not criminally responsible) assessment and summary were conducted, both agreeing with the court’s decision.

The matter has been referred to the Criminal Review Board at the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and Fawkes will remain in the community.

Public intoxication

Following the ingestion of alcohol and breaking court orders, a Samson Reserve woman was charged with a breach of probation.

A fine of $30 was given to Cecilia Redcrow following her court appearance, Sept. 5.

On Aug. 14 police responded to the complaint of an intoxicated female stumbling through the skate park. Redcrow, 33, was arrested at the scene for public intoxication.

At the time, Redcrow was on probation demanding she exhibit good behavior.

Living with an alcohol problem, Redcrow was employed until recently but is now out of a job.

Counsel said her life was on the right track until she lost her mother, and her mother died in late 2012.