Dec 23, 2013 - MAN AWAITING TRIAL IN FATAL CRASH FACES NEW IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGES


A Red Deer man awaiting trial on charges that he drove drunk and killed a teenager is facing new impaired driving and drug offences.

Mounties were alerted before 10 a.m. Saturday to a possible impaired driver in Sylvan Lake after a witness spotted a white Chevy truck that was parked in a gas station parking lot and still running, said Cpl. Kevin Halwa.

Officers went to the scene and found a man slumped over the steering wheel.

“It took two attempts, from my reading, to wake him up,” said Halwa, adding the man was then arrested.

A search of the man and the vehicle yielded cash, crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

Rodney Ross Arens, 36, of Red Deer, is facing 14 charges including impaired care or control of a motor vehicle and drug-related charges. He is expected to appear in court today.

Arens is also facing charges for breaching conditions in relation to a July 1, 2010, crash that killed 13-year-old Anouluck Chanminaraj.

The teen was a passenger in a car that collided with a pickup truck on Taylor Drive in Red Deer. He died at the scene.

Arens was charged with eight offences stemming from that crash, including impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

The trial is set to begin in April.

Source: Calgary Herald


 

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