Sudbury court: Drunk man resisted arrest

Sudbury Star

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When Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a report of an unconscious man on the side of Highway 144 in Chelmsford about 8:30 p.m. July 19 last year, they found him just as the caller had indicted.

When they approached, the man got to his feet and started walking towards Dairy Queen. A vehicle was not far away, the engine still running and an empty liquor bottle was also on the ground near where the man had been lying.

The man told police he had not been driving, had done nothing wrong and wanted to go home.

As the officers attempted to arrest the visibly intoxicated man for being drunk in public, he resisted and force had to be used to take him into custody.

In Sudbury court, the man – Race Baker, 31 – pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.

Justice Randall Lalande, accepting a joint sentencing submission from the Crown and defence lawyer Denis Michel, issued a suspended sentence and six-month probation order that includes a condition Baker take grief, alcohol and any other counselling deemed necessary.

“It seems to me the issue of alcohol has to be dealt with,” said Lalande. “You had become a danger to yourself … It wasn’t too smart to drink yourself to the point you were in that condition.”

Michel said that at the time of the incident, Baker was dealing with the loss of two close family members and “was trying to drink himself to death.”

Since then, added Michel, Baker is in a good relationship and getting help from his partner, and is doing much better.

“He had a very unfortunate year,” commented assistant Crown attorney Len Walker. “He had a lot to deal with.”

Baker, who has a lengthy criminal record, is now clear of the courts, as the plea to resisting arrest was the last court matter he had left to deal with.

hcarmichael@postmedia.com

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