May 30, 2014 - 12:41 PM
KAMLOOPS – A Revelstoke hockey player who pleaded guilty to recklessly driving an uninsured dune buggy was handed fines of $2,300 in Kamloops Provincial Court yesterday.
Robert Wade Cline, 20, of Chase said he was sorry for his role in a vehicle accident and nearly causing injury to a young girl. Cline plays defence for the Revelstoke Grizzlies – a junior B team.
Cline gathered with some friends last summer to go late night joyriding in his step-father’s dune buggy through a Pritchard campsite. The dune buggy was uninsured and without working headlights. Using flashlights as a substitute, Cline and his friend’s drove the vehicle on a dirt road leading to a campsite.
A group of campers who settled on the riverbanks were annoyed by the noise coming from Cline’s dune buggy. One of the campers moved his truck close to his ten-year-old daughter’s tent as he was afraid Cline may lose control, hit it and hurt her.
The father had a right to be concerned—Cline lost control of the dune buggy and hit the truck which moved it into the girl’s tent. The daughter, although shaken, was not injured. The truck, however, was later written off by ICBC.
When delivering his sentence, Judge Stephen Harrison said he would have no qualms about sending Cline to jail had the events played out differently.
“It’s a very, very fortunate thing that girl wasn’t injured,” Harrison said.
Although the Crown suggested a period of house arrest, Harrison noted Cline’s lack of a criminal record, remorsefulness and letters referencing his good character. He handed him a $2,000 fine, higher than the Crown’s suggested $1,000, and a one-year driving prohibition. Cline was also ordered to pay a $300 fine for driving while uninsured.
Harrison suggested Cline write a letter of apology to the family of the girl.
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