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Former Port aux Basques man's arrest warrant was still in effect more than 20 years later

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Sgt. Joe Anderson of the RCMP said Thomas Battiste, a 43-year-old former resident of Channel-Port aux Basques, found out this week that you can’t run from the law.

He said it was on Oct. 29, 1996 that Battiste was sentenced to serve 75 days in jail for theft of a motor vehicle in Channel-Port aux Basques, where he lived at the time.

Battiste had been given an intermittent sentence to serve that time on weekends but skipped off and was unlawfully at large and living in another province.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Jan. 27, 1997.

Earlier this week that he was located in Port aux Basques, although he’s not living there at the moment.

RCMP members in Port aux Basques arrested him on Tuesday for being unlawfully at large and when he appeared in Stephenville Provincial Court the same day he was sentenced to 75 days jail for the theft of vehicle charge and 12 days on the unlawfully at large charge.

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