For The Express
An RCMP officer charged with assaulting a police officer and impaired driving last June will wait another two months for her sentence.
Anita Lee Doktor appeared in High Prairie provincial court Feb. 14 when she was scheduled to be sentenced.
However, sentencing was postponed for Doktor, who was a corporal with McLennan RCMP when she was charged for the incident that occurred June. 1.
She formerly served with High Prairie RCMP.
“The matter is adjourned to May 1,” Judge R. Marceau says.
Doktor’s lawyer Shannon Gunn Emery was not present, but provided a letter read by local lawyer Harry Jong.
“Defence and the Crown are in agreement to put the matter over,” says Jong, who spoke as an agent for Gunn Emery.
“Her instructions don’t say why.”
She also said in a letter read in court Oct. 15 that she is applying for a discharge as part of sentencing.
Crown prosecutor Petter Hurich supports the request to delay sentencing.
“This matter involved an out-of-town judge,” Hurich says.
Doktor “struck” an officer in the chest, Hurich said in court Oct. 1.
Police were called to a convenience store where a person saw a woman drive into the parking lot, exit the vehicle and enter the store, says a news release from RCMP K Division.
“The complainant suspected the individual was impaired by alcohol but was unsuccessful in convincing her to turn over her vehicle keys.”
High Prairie RCMP responded to assist.
Officers recognized the suspected impaired driver as Doktor who was charged for impaired driving.
She pleaded guilty on Oct. 15 to assaulting a peace officer.
Gunn Emery said on Oct. 15 in a letter that she expects sentencing may take up to three hours.
She also said in a letter read in court that she is applying for a discharge as part of sentencing.
Doktor pleaded guilty on Sept. 24 to driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content over 80 mg.
She was suspended from driving a vehicle for one year for that guilty plea.
Doktor was charged with a similar offence on Dec. 5, 2016 in High Prairie and found not guilty on May 28 due to lack of evidence.
She was suspended with pay since the recent incident and her duty status is subject to ongoing reviews, the news release says.
“Maintaining the public trust is one of the key components of policing,” says Chief Supt. Rhonda Blackmore, District Commander for the RCMP’s Western Alberta District.