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Judge rules Brodie was the driver who almost killed Kelowna paper carrier in 2013

Donald Brodie has been convicted of charges relating to a 2013 run from police that seriously injured a pedestrian.
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September 22, 2017 - 12:48 PM

KELOWNA – After years of lying to police and the public, Donald Brodie has been found guilty of driving the car that almost killed a Kelowna man in 2013.

Brodie first denied being the driver when he and two passengers ran from a police road block on Springfield Road after a house party the night of Dec. 5, 2013. He and Nathan Fahl were arrested Dec. 6.

Fahl was originally charged with six crimes but all charges were stayed after Brodie told Global Okanagan he was, in fact, the driver. He also claimed he was run off the road by police.

Over the next four years Brodie sent five letters to RCMP and seven to the media all saying Fahl was innocent and saying he was the driver.

Once charges were dropped against Fahl, Brodie took back his statements of guilt and demanded a trial.

Today, Sept. 22, Justice Martha Devlin found that Brodie lied about lying and was in fact the driver that night.

She found him not guilty of two counts of resisting or obstructing police but called him an habitual liar with no respect for the truth or the justice system.

“These letters demonstrate his pride in taking responsibility and his disdain for police,” Devlin said in Kelowna Supreme Court. “He was the driver and did not want his friend to be blamed. He simply resorted to further lies.”

Brodie’s lawyer John Gustafson requested another pre-sentence report to highlight his client's recent attempts at rehabilitation and a sentencing date is tentatively set for early November.

Brodie has 43 prior criminal convictions on his record.

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