Penticton man sentenced to eight months for driving offences, assault

A former Penticton man was sentenced to eight months for multiple driving convictions and one assault conviction.

By Shannon Quesnel

A former Penticton man was sentenced to nearly eight months in jail for multiple driving violations and an assault charge.

The former Penticton man was sentenced to 130 days in jail for four counts of operating a motor vehicle while disqualified and one count of driving with a suspended license at Penticton Provincial Court Wednesday. He was given a three-year driving prohibition. He was also convicted for assault and sentenced to an additional 109 days.

Price was already wearing orange prison garb when he appeared at court via video feed. He listened to Crown lawyer Mallory Treddenick spell out the details of each conviction. She said Price was arrested for driving violations committed in Penticton on Oct. 8, 2010, in Oliver on Nov. 12, in Okanagan Falls on Dec. 7 and Dec. 18 and in Abbotsford on Aug. 17, 2011.

Price also took part in an assault. He and two others beat a man in a dispute involving methamphetamines (crystal meth).

Judge Meg Shaw explained Price and two others were angry the complainant allegedly sold the drug to a child. While he was being kicked, the complainant had offered his wallet to his attackers.

Defence lawyer James Pennington did not gloss over Price's criminal past. He brought up his client's past assault convictions and his association with another man. Pennington said the other man has had harsher sentences for being more violent than Price. The lawyer wanted the judge to consider this when sentencing Price.

“Both individuals have significant and lengthy records,” Shaw said. Price has a troubled past and now faces five new driving convictions and an assault conviction she said.

After he serves his time Price will do 12 months probation. Price said he plans to return to Alberta to spend more time with his child.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at or call 250-488-3065.

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