Roughrider fan gets jail after missing curfew

A trip to the Grey Cup has landed one devoted Saskatchewan Roughriders fan behind bars.

Judge gives 30 days to offender who went to the Grey Cup

More than 45,000 CFL fans, including offender Douglas Carter from North Battleford, crowded into Mosaic Stadium for Sunday's Grey Cup game. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)

A trip to the Grey Cup has landed one devoted Saskatchewan Roughriders fan behind bars.

Until a few days ago, Douglas Carter had been serving a non-jail conditional sentence for stealing from an employer and was supposed to observe a curfew at home.

Instead, he went to Regina from North Battleford on Sunday for the big game. 

"He was known to be quite a Rider fan. In fact, his lawyer admitted that," Crown prosecutor Mitch Piche said.

It was the Riders' first-ever Grey Cup game at home and they won it, defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23.

Unfortunately for Carter, it was four-hour drive to North Battleford and he didn't make it back in time.

Police found him at home the next morning and arrested him.    

A judge then sentenced him to 30 days behind bars for breaking curfew.

Piche said the courts expect offenders to take their conditions seriously and Carter should have known better.

"There would have been big crowds trying to get out of the city and everything," he said. "There's no way he would have been able to make it."

On the other hand, the jail sentence imposed could have been longer, the prosecutor noted.

"I said to the court that I would have asked for more except that the Riders won," Piche said.

CBC reached Carter at the jail in North Battleford. He declined to be interviewed.

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