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Journal Pioneer - 2021-07-21

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Impaired driving sends Prince County man to jail

PRINCE COUNTY

SUMMERSIDE — A Prince County man has been sentenced to more than five months in jail for a variety of driving offences. Kyle Amelio Champion, 31, pleaded guilty in Summerside provincial court to two count of driving while prohibited, flight from police and refusal to comply with a demand from police. Crown attorney John Diamond read the facts into the record. On May 9, Champion was out for a drive. He ran out of gas and called for a ride. That person found him walking then flagged down a Kensington police officer saying she didn’t have the time to deal with him. Police arrived and noted Champion was under the influence of something. Police found Champion’s car on Walker Drive in Kensington. The keys were in the ignition and the car was in drive. Champion failed a field sobriety test; police took him into custody where he refused to comply with any further demands. He was held in custody until a show-cause hearing on May 19. On May 30, at 9 a.m., Kensington police were called to a domestic disturbance at the Petro-Canada. A couple was fighting in their car. By the time police arrived, the car had left, heading east on Route 2. Officers followed and caught up to the vehicle with lights and sirens activated. The driver did not pull over — instead, they continued at the speed limit. Police followed for 20 minutes during which they learned the driver was Champion, he was driving while prohibited and was wearing an ankle bracelet. The RCMP took up the chase and caught up to Champion on Route 19 in Norboro. Champion told RCMP he had just returned from Moncton, N.B., and had driven through the Borden-Carleton checkpoint. Two police officers needed to be tested for COVID-19. Champion was arrested and held on remand until his court appearance. Judge Krista MacKay said charges of flight from police and driving while under the influence are “all too prevalent here on P.E.I. and in Prince County.” She sentenced Champion to a total of 165 days in jail less 30 days’ credit for time served. Champion will be under a three-year driving prohibition upon his release from custody. He will continue to be on probation from a previous conviction in December.

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