June 22nd, 2018

Guilty pleas for man alleged to have tried to drive a truck into a crowd in Medicine Hat

By Peggy Revell on March 12, 2018.

prevell@medicinehatnews.com @MHNprevell

A guilty plea to dangerous driving and breaching probation was entered Monday by a man accused of attempting to run over a crowd of people with a truck following a dispute.

The trial for Jamie Vorra, 27, was originally set to run Monday for charges of assault with a weapon, uttering threats, dangerous driving and breach of probation stemming from an incident which occurred in the early morning of Aug. 10, 2017.

Defence counsel requested that the trial be adjourned due to Vorra’s ill health, but the judge stated that the Crown’s case — including testimony from officers and civilian witnesses — should at least proceed.

Following a brief adjournment, guilty pleas were entered to two of the four charges. Sentencing was adjourned until June 25 for a pre-sentencing report to be put together.

Medicine Hat police reported that the alleged incident took place last year when they received a complaint that a man had tried to run over a crowd of people following a dispute. According to police, the incident resulted in one person being dragged several feet and suffering minor injuries. When officers attempted to arrest the man at the front door of a residence, he refused to exit. A warrant for the residence was obtained, and the man was taken into custody without further incident.

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