MP Goldring demands police records leading to his arrest
Edmonton MP's trial for refusing to give a breath sample set for January
Edmonton MP Peter Goldring tried to "negotiate his way out of it" when he was pulled over in December 2011, an Edmonton police officer testified in court on Friday.
Const. Trevor Shelrud told a pre-trial hearing in Edmonton that Goldring had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and was belligerent at the time. He said that he had no idea who the MP was when he pulled him over.
Goldring is asking for police cellphone records and radio communications by the officers involved in his arrest for failing to provide a breath sample.
Lawyer Dino Bottos wants records from up to one hour before his client was stopped on Dec. 4, 2011 after attending a political fundraiser.
"Sometimes that can reveal what the police have said or thought at the time and that can be germane to determining whether there were sufficient grounds to make a demand or obtaining advice from other senior officers," Bottos said.
The Crown insisted Friday that the investigation started only when Goldring's car was stopped and that the records prior to the arrest are irrelevant.
Goldring watched the proceedings of the pre-trial motion from the gallery. He declined to comment on the officer's testimony.
"All of this will be coming out in court," Goldring said outside the courthouse. "Suffice to say, our lawyer here, has been very, very thorough on viewing all aspects of this and the trial date itself will be where those comments will be discussed."
The trial is scheduled for January.
Goldring, who maintains he had only one beer that night, resigned from the federal Conservative caucus as a result of the charge, but continues to represent Edmonton East as an Member of Parliament.