Expired registration leads to jail time for Summerside man
SUMMERSIDE — A 32-yearold Summerside man will spend five days in jail after he was stopped by police for an expired registration. Andrew Joseph Flude pleaded guilty recently in Summerside provincial court to refusing to provide a breath sample to police. On March 15, Flude was pulled over by Summerside Police Services on Route 2 at 12:25 a.m., said Crown attorney Chad McQuaid when he read the facts into the record. Police ran the plate and saw that the registration was expired and so was the owner’s licence.Officers could smell cannabis and alcohol. However, Flude remained silent and did not acknowledge as police made three requests that Flude provide a roadside breath sample. Flude was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample. Back at the police station, Flude did not acknowledge officers when they read him his charter rights and the caution statement. An officer who had met with Flude previously tried to communicate with him, but he was no more co-operative, saying “I’ve been around too long and know better.” Flude has a long prior record dating back to 2007, but his only previous impaired driving charge is more than 10 years old. Defence attorney Thane MacEachern said that since the incident, Flude has reengaged with addictions services and has met with his counsellor. Flude chose to address the court when asked. “I’m disappointed in myself,” he said. “It’s not a very good example for my daughter and my other kids.” Judge Krista MacKay sentenced Flude to five days in custody and a $2,000 fine. Flude will be on probation for 12 months after his release and must pay $600 in victim fine surcharges.