Coun. Reg Rankin gets new court date in impaired driving case
Rankin's lawyer says witness statements still needed
An impaired driving case involving a councillor for the Halifax Regional Municipality has been adjourned until the end of the month.
Reg Rankin, who is charged with impaired driving and failing the breathalyzer, appeared briefly in Halifax provincial court on Monday and said he didn't have a comment for reporters.
"It's with the lawyers so that's where it is, thank you," he told the CBC's Pam Berman before heading into court.
Stan MacDonald, Rankin's lawyer, asked for an adjournment because he had not been given copies of the witness statements.
"It's an important part of the evidence," MacDonald said outside the courtroom.
"They have to provide us with the information, with the disclosure materials, and then Mr. Rankin and I will review it and make a decision as to where we’re headed."
Rankin, the councillor for Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park West, will return to court May 30 at 2 p.m. He is currently on a two-month, paid leave of absence from Halifax regional council.
Police were called to Rankin's home on 82 Maplewood Dr. at around 4:30 p.m. on March 26 during a blizzard. A car had backed into the house and caused minor damage.
Nearly three years ago, Rankin took a leave of absence from Halifax regional council to seek professional help and medical treatment. The reason was not disclosed.