CORNER BROOK A senior from St. George‚Äôs, who allegedly crossed a busy Corner Brook intersection and grocery store parking lot and crashed his truck into a backyard, has pleaded not guilty to being impaired by drugs.
Arthur Newman, 65, was arrested on the morning of Aug. 22 and charged with impaired driving by drugs and possession of a controlled drug or substance. He was later charged with failing to attend court.
Defence lawyer Don Gallant entered the not guilty plea in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday. The trial is scheduled for two days, April 3 and 4.
No pleas have been entered on the other two charges. Gallant said he is waiting to hear the position of the federal Crown on the possession charge before entering a plea. Those two matters will be called again March 11.
Sgt. Brad Saint of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary attended the scene shortly after the 8:50 a.m. accident. He said the vehicle was travelling down Elizabeth Street, crossed the intersection with O‚ÄôConnell Drive and into the Colemans parking lot before the crash. The driver was not hurt, even though the truck went through a guardrail and into a backyard not far from homes on Randolph Street, which is just below the parking lot.
A witness on the scene said they heard the tires of the truck screeching, and said the driver seemed confused and was speaking ‚Äúnonsense‚ÄĚ after the crash. The witness told The Western Star at the time it appeared the driver accelerated into the guardrail.
Saint did not comment as to the speed of the vehicle, but said it would take considerable force to go through the guardrail.