South Peace News
A former High Prairie RCMP officer currently serving in McLennan may be sentenced sooner for an impaired driving charge than initially scheduled.
The matter of Anita Lee Doktor returned to High Prairie provincial court Oct. 1 when the case was set over to Oct. 15 requested by her lawyer Shannon Emery Gunn.
“She says she and the special Crown prosecutor are working on a resolution,” says duty counsel Harry Jong who spoke as an agent for Gunn.
Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich confirmed that.
“I believe this matter should be resolved (by that time),” Hurich says.
Doktor has not appeared for any of her docket court dates.
She pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content over 80 mg when the matter was in court Sept. 24.
A sentencing date was initially set for Feb. 12.
As a result of the guilty plea for impaired driving, Doktor was immediately suspended from driving for one year.
Doktor also pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a peace officer.
However, Judge D.R. Shynkar refused the guilty plea after the facts were not clear when presented and discussed.
Hurich says Doktor “struck” an officer in the chest.
Doktor 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.