New Minas man to serve time following police chase

Kirk Starratt kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca
Published on January 17, 2014
Kentville Justice Centre

A New Minas man will serve time in jail after being sentenced on charges laid following a police chase in Garland last March.

Mark Walter Harris, 39, pleaded not guilty to 14 charges and elected a provincial court trial back on July 15, 2013. The matters were adjourned until Jan. 14, but Harris changed his pleas to guilty on seven of the charges before the trial could proceed. These charges included evading police, willfully obstructing a peace officer engaged in the execution of his duty, three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to peace officers, assaulting a peace officer engaged in the execution of his duty and refusing to comply with a demand to provide a urine sample for analysis. Harris committed the offences in Garland on March 10, 2013.

Judge Claudine Macdonald sentenced Harris to a total of six months in custody, followed by 12 months of probation. The court granted a DNA order and imposed a 10-year firearm prohibition order against Harris.

Harris is also banned from driving for 18 months.

The court dismissed the remaining charges against Harris, including unlawfully possessing cocaine, dangerous driving, assaulting a peace officer, three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to peace officers and operating a vehicle while his ability to do so was impaired by a drug.