July 07, 2015 - 7:00 AM
KELOWNA – A preliminary inquiry of prolific offender Donald Maxwell Brodie, accused of critically injuring a paper carrier while evading a police road block in 2013, has been set for early 2016.
Brodie, 35, is charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, flight causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing bodily harm and two counts of resisting arrest.
Crown allege Brodie was leaving a house party in Rutland with three other people in the early morning hours of Dec. 6, 2013 when he tried to avoid a police road check. During the ensuing chase, a fire hydrant was damaged and a 41-year-old newspaper carrier was badly injured and had to be airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital.
One of the alleged passengers, Nathan Fahl, was originally charged with six crimes but all charges were stayed after Brodie told Global Okanagan he was the driver. He also claimed he was run off the road by police.
Brodie, who is currently in custody, is also facing two robbery charges for allegedly robbing a Scotiabank in Kamloops four months after the accident on Springfield Road. He has an extensive criminal record and has been sentenced to jail at least four times previously.
He will be in court Feb 29, 2016 where a judge will decide if enough evidence exists to proceed to trial. He has elected to remain in custody, and if sentenced would likely receive one and a half times the credit for time served.
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