Cassie Johnson appeared in court in Stettler on Thursday, April 27 to face several drug charges, as well as charges of harassment and uttering threats for an incident that occurred at the Bashaw Hotel on March 27, 2017.
According to Bashaw RCMP Sgt. Bruce Holliday, who made the arrest on March 27, Johnson was already wanted by police when the incident occurred.
“I received several calls for service on the morning of March 27 regarding a female acting erratically in the town of Bashaw,” Holliday said in an interview. “Johnson was located and appeared to be highly intoxicated by illegal drugs.”
According to the Crown, Johnson was under the influence of methamphetamines, and when the police vehicle arrived, she approached the vehicle, continuing to act erratically.
As Johnson was known to Holliday as currently being wanted, she was placed under arrest and sent for medical assessment, both locally and at Camrose Hospital due to her level of intoxication.
After Johnson was cleared fit for incarceration, “Judicial release was conducted, at which time she did not speak to bail and was remanded in custody,” Holliday said.
Johnson appeared in court via CCTV from Red Deer Remand Centre on Thursday.
She delivered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 30 days’ incarceration.
Some of the other charges against her were also resolved by a peace bond based on a payment of $1,200 and a period of good behaviour.
This is not Johnson’s first time facing criminal charges.
According to Holliday, she has frequented several areas throughout central Alberta including Stettler, Camrose and Airdrie.
“She’s caused some issues here and in multiple jurisdictions,” Holliday said.
Based in his experience with Johnson, however, Holliday said that she doesn’t present any risk to the public.
In September 2016, Johnson was arrested following an incident near Airdrie in which she was charged with five counts of possession of stolen property and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.
In this incident, Johnson was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Drumheller resident Donald Saluhab that crashed into a fence after speeding through several farmers’ fields near Highway 564.