Driving through Vernon park earns man time

Whether he was the passenger, or the driver, of a car that went crashing through Polson Park, Terry James Knorr was given time for his participation in the event.

By Charlotte Helston

Joy riding through busy Polson Park last year put a man in jail for more than two months but we still don't know if he drove the car.

All we know is that Terry James Knorr, 35, was in the car when it swerved into the park just after lunchtime in April, 2012. He pleaded guilty to mischief causing less than $5,000 damage from the incident. He faces no penalty on other charges including impaired driving and dangerous operation of a vehicle because no one could prove he was driving. 

The white Eagle Vision car was spotted crossing the meridian on 32nd Street, then down an embankment into the park. The car tore through a flower bed and ripped up the park's turf before settling near the lawn bowling washrooms. 

Crown lawyer Frank Caputo said in Vernon Provincial Court today several people were in the park that afternoon, but witnesses had conflicting information. Two people were clearly in the vehicle—Knorr and the registered owner of the vehicle. One witness said Knorr was driving but traded places with the passenger before police arrived. Another witness who came forward later said Knorr was the passenger the entire time.

"We don't know who was driving," Caputo said.

Knorr has been in and out of custody since the incident, earning credit for 60 days. Judge Mayland McKimm sentenced him today to two months, but said Knorr's time spent in custody counted toward what he had to serve, leaving him no additional time.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at: chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230.

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