Whitefish man kicks police officer
H.P. court docket
Feb. 24, 2020
Judge C.K.W. Thietke
A man from Whitefish will spend almost seven more weeks behind bars after pleading guilty to several criminal charges related to assaulting and threatening police.
Victor Paul Tallman, 49, was sentenced to more than 150 days in jail after appearing in High Prairie provincial court Feb. 24.
Tallman, who appeared in court from Peace River Correctional Centre on CCTV, was sentenced on eight charges.
In one incident, Tallman was first sentenced to 90 days for threats causing death but credited for 89 days served. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to comply with probation and credited for 29 days served.
The charges arose in 2018, when Tallman assaulted a High Prairie RCMP officer attempting to apprehend him at a Gift Lake residence, Crown prosecutor Nuha Abunada told court.
After a fight, he was hiding in a closet, she said.
“He did not come out of the closet. He pulled away from the officer.”
Later, Tallman also kicked an officer multiple times and threatened to injure him.
During sentencing, Abunada noted Tallman had two previous convictions of assaulting of a peace officer.
In a second incident, in 2019, Tallman was sentenced to 30 days for causing a disturbance and threats causing death. He was credited for 29 days served. He was sentenced to 60 days for failing to comply with probation and credited for 39 days served.
The charges arose after High Prairie RCMP responded to a report of an intoxicated man “staggering” outside the Days Inn in High Prairie on April 19, 2019. Tallman became aggressive when approached by a peace officer.
“He challenged the officer to a fight and threatened to injure him,” Abunada says.
During both incidents, Tallman was on probation under orders to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
Tallman was sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to appear in court, which was a trial date, and fined $500 for failing to appear in court.
After all matters were dealt with, Judge C.K.W. Thietke noted Tallman has 51 days left to serve.
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Douglas Ross Chalifoux, 37, of Driftpile, was sentenced to 30 days after pleading guilty to assault, seven days for resisting a peace officer, and 14 days consecutive for mischief causing damage under $5,000.
Court heard Chalifoux assaulted a male driver of a vehicle after attempting to break into the vehicle in Peace River on Dec. 7, 2019, Crown prosecutor Nuha Abunada said.
Chalifoux broke a window as he tried to break in. The driver escaped from the vehicle and Chalifoux “hit him with a closed fist,” said Crown prosecutor Nuha Abunada.
“When police arrived, he ran away,” she added.
Lawyer Derek Renzini told court Chalifoux has addictions and is taking treatment.
And, Chalifoux also has issues related to his Indigenous heritage, he added.
During sentencing, Judge C.K.W Thietke said Chalifoux is still accountable for his behaviour.
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Daylon Lyndon Lamouche, 23, of Whitefish, was fined $500 after pleading guilty to obstructing a peace officer and placed on probation for 12 months for possession of stolen property.
Court heard he was a passenger in a stolen vehicle chased by High Prairie RCMP on July 19, 2019. The driver failed to stop when police ordered the vehicle to pull over on the loud speaker.
Police pursued the vehicle after several suspects left a home after a female was held against her will, Crown prosecutor Nuha Abunada told court.
As part of the probation order, Judge C.K.W. Thietke ordered Lamouche to have no contact with the female victim and complete counseling or treatment as directed by the probation officer.
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Desiree Doris Goreham, 32, of St. Albert, was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content over 80 mg.
Goreham recorded a breath sample of 90 mg. after she was stopped Nov. 29, 2019 by High Prairie RCMP, Crown prosecutor Nuha Abunada said.
Goreham wasn’t operating the vehicle, court was told.
“She was in the driver’s seat,” duty counsel Harry Jong said.
“Did she start it?” Judge C.K.W. Thietke asked.
“She did,” Jong replied.
Police responded to a report of an intoxicated woman leaving Raven Inn in High Prairie, the Crown added. When police approached Goreham, she admitted to drinking.
The judge credited her for her appearance in court.
“I consider her very early guilty, which shows she is responsible,” Judge C.K.W. Thietke said.
“The readings are minimal.”
Goreham was also suspended from driving for one year.
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Norbert Halcrow, 47, was fined $200 after pleading guilty to failing to remain at the scene of a collision.
“He is the registered owner,” duty counsel Harry Jong submitted.