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Journal Pioneer - 2021-07-21

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Man sentenced for weapons and driving charges

PRINCE COUNTY

SUMMERSIDE — A Moncton man was sentenced in Summerside provincial court recently for weapons and driving charges. Christopher Thayne Clow, 23, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon, an extendable baton. On Oct. 19, 2020, Clow was pulled over after RCMP got a report about a possible impaired driver at the BordenCarleton checkpoint. When officers searched the vehicle, they seized the collapsible baton, which is prohibited. Additionally, Clow had pleaded not guilty to a July 2020 charge of flight from police and the case was tried on an earlier date. Judge Krista MacKay found him guilty. Sentencing for both charges was scheduled for May 26. Clow had no prior record before these charges. MacKay suspended passing of sentence for the prohibited weapon charge, opting instead for 12 months of probation. The baton was forfeited to the Crown and Clow will be under a weapons ban for the next five years. MacKay then sentenced Clow to 30 days in jail for fleeing police, followed by a one-year driving prohibition. Clow must also pay a total of $200 in victim fines surcharges and perform 40 hours of community service.

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