Defence lawyer M.I.A. at Shellbrook overpass trial

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Prince Albert Provincial Court

A case involving damage to the Shellbrook overpass has been adjourned until next week after the defence counsel failed to make a scheduled phone appearance.

Court officials on Tuesday found themselves unable to get ahold of the lawyer for the contracting company and motorist accused of causing thousands of dollars in damage to the overpass last fall.

The incident at the centre of the trial took place on Oct. 30, 2013, when a semi-unit hauling a tree harvester struck the overpass and led to its closure for several days to traffic.

In the absence of the defence counsel, the case has been adjourned until Tuesday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. in Prince Albert Provincial Court.

A request by the accused parties for disclosure of the Crown’s evidence had been fulfilled as of March 12. The judge expected pleas to be entered at the next court date.

Eagle Creek Contracting and Darren Smith have each been charged with one violation of the Traffic Safety Act and three violations of the Highways and Transportation Act.

They include failing to notify and provide information to those affected by an accident, causing damage to a public improvement, two counts of operating a vehicle exceeding the maximum dimensions for a public highway and three counts of contravening weight and dimension specifications.

See also:

Disclosure sought in Shellbrook overpass damage case

Company charged over Shellbrook overpass damage

Geographic location: Shellbrook, Prince Albert Provincial Court

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