Man accused of Yellowknife crash was already facing assault charge

A man charged in connection with a vehicle crash in Yellowknife last Wednesday has a long criminal history. Dean Ruben, 27, was charged with dangerous driving, possessing property obtained by crime and breaching his release conditions.

After assault charge last June he breached the conditions of his release, but was released again

The scene near a Finlayson Drive home last Wendesday after the red vehicle reportedly smashed into the sideways van which was pushed into the car, propelling them all into a neighbour's yard. Dean Ruben, who is charged in connection with the incident, was already facing three earlier charges. (Submitted by Miranda Booth)

A man charged in connection with a vehicle crash in Yellowknife last Wednesday has a long criminal history.

Dean Ruben, 27, was charged with dangerous driving, possessing property obtained by crime and breaching his release conditions after a sport utility vehicle plowed through a yard, smashed two vehicles and hit a fire hydrant.

He was charged with assault last June. Later that same month he was charged with two breaches of his release conditions.

Ruben, who grew up in Paulatuk, has a long history of criminal behaviour.

In 2013 he was convicted of aggravated assault for stabbing his stepfather 14 times. Ruben was sentenced to 22 months in jail and two years probation.

His criminal record also includes convictions for break and enter, assault, theft, mischief and numerous breaches of court orders.

Court documents reveal that, as a child, he was physically and psychologically abused by his alcoholic mother.

He's due in court on his assault charge later this week.