Impaired driver fined $1,800

A man in his early 30s was given a hefty fine in Stettler Provincial Court last week for impaired driving.

COURT REPORT – A man in his early 30s was given a hefty fine in Stettler Provincial Court last week for impaired driving.

Mark Russell Henderson, 31, was fined $1,800 for driving a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content exceeding 80 mg, with a high reading of 200 mg on June 24 near Big Valley.

“You’re lucky with these high readings that nobody was injured,” said Judge John Holmes.

“If someone were injured, you would have spent at least two years in jail.”

Henderson was also prohibited from driving for one year.

Mathew Alan Conrad, 27, of Alix was placed on probation for nine months for causing a disturbance at Social Bo’s Bar and Grill in Stettler on Oct. 7 this year, and assaulting a police officer on Sept. 24.

While at Social Bo’s, court was told, he was singing loudly and intoxicated and attracted a group of about 50 to 60 people outside, as multiple people verbally assaulted police at about 1:30 a.m.

While police were visiting Social Bo’s on Sept. 24, Conrad slapped on officer on the shoulder and expressed vulgar language and then ran away, court testimony revealed last week.

“It’s one of those things that happen to people who are drunk,” Judge Holmes said.

“Any time an officer is struck, it’s assault.

“They’re just trying to do their job and it can quite quickly get out of hand and could cause someone to get injured.”