South Peace News
A former High Prairie RCMP officer currently serving in McLennan will have to wait again another two weeks to find out a trial date for a second impaired driving charge.
The matter of Anita Lee Doktor returned to High Prairie provincial court Sept. 10 when it was set over to Sept. 24.
Duty counsel Harry Jong acted as an agent for her lawyer Shannon Emery Gunn.
“She wants to reserve plea for two weeks to receive more disclosure,” Jong says.
A special Crown prosecutor has also been arranged for the case of an RCMP officer.
The Edmonton Rural and Regional Response Office (ERRRO) is handling the case because local Crown prosecutors would be in a conflict of interest.
Doktor faces charges of impaired driving, driving over the legal limit of 80 mg, assaulting a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer.
She was not present in the court room.
Dokor was a corporal with McLennan RCMP when she was charged after an incident in McLennan on June 1.
“[Police] were dispatched to a convenience store where a complainant observed a female individual drive into the parking lot, exit the vehicle and enter the store,” says a news release from RCMP K Division media relations officer Fraser Logan.
“The complainant suspected the individual was impaired by alcohol but was unsuccessful in convincing her to turnover her vehicle keys.”
As a result, High Prairie RCMP were called to assist.
“Upon arrival, the attending officers recognized the suspected impaired driver as being Cpl. Anita Doktor who was subsequently investigated and charged for impaired driving.”
Doktor was charged with a similar offence on Dec. 5, 2016 in High Prairie and found not guilty on May 28 due to lack of evidence.
She is currently suspended with pay and her duty status will be subject to ongoing reviews.
“Maintaining the public trust is one of the key components of policing,” says Chief Supt. Rhonda Blackmore, District Commander for the RCMP’s Western Alberta District.
“Any conduct that could harm the public’s trust and confidence in their police is taken very seriously.”