Youth court – Young male driver suspended 2 years

A 17-year-old boy has lost his driving privileges for a long time.
The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was suspended from driving for two years when he appeared in High Prairie youth court Oct. 3.
The boy was sentenced to 23 days in jail, with full credit for time served, for failing to stop for peace officers on Sept. 13.
The teen was driving in Gift Lake when he initially evaded High Prairie RCMP. He left Race Track Gas without stopping, said Crown prosecutor Jordan Linett.
Police activated the flashing lights and siren to advise the driver.
“He fishtailed on a highway and nearly hit the police car,” the Crown said.
Judge D. R. Shynkar advised the youth to comply with the rules of the road.
“Stop when police turn on their lights and sirens,” he said. “Thankfully, you were not hurt.”
Judge Shynkar noted it was not the first time for dangerous driving.
“He has a record of past incidents of bad behaviour involving vehicles,” he said.
The youth was remorseful for what he did.
“He says he did something stupid,” duty counsel Harry Jong told youth court. “When police approached him, he panicked.”
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A 15-year-old High Prairie boy was sentenced to 30 days deferred custody for breaching conditions and for failing to comply with conditions.
He was absent from his residence during his curfew time and was discovered inside a vehicle with marijuana, Crown prosecutor Jordan Lin- ett told youth court.
Another one of his conditions was to abstain from consuming alcohol and intoxicating substances.
With a lengthy criminal record, the boy has taken steps to get on the right path.
“He has recently done good things,” Judge D.R. Shynkar said.
“He has made lifestyle choices that are more positive.”
Linett was also happy with the progress stated in the report.
“It appears to be a positive report. He seems to have turned himself around. It’s a step up from his prior record.”
A sentence of “deferred custody and supervision” under section 42(2)(p) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act is similar to a “conditional sentence” for adults under the Criminal Code.
The conditions may result in a youth being under “house arrest” in the community, or the conditions may give a youth the freedom to attend school, have employment, obtain counselling, or engage in other activities.

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