RNC issues response to concerns over disturbance at Motor Registration Division

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The RNC responded today to recent complaints about a disturbance at Motor Registration Division (MRD) on Smallwood Drive in Mount Pearl Nov. 2.

At about 2:30 p.m. that day, officers from the RNC responded to a call of a suspicious person at MRD. The staff at MRD advised the responding police officer the driver’s licence of the person called about was suspended. The officer then attempted to stop the individual from getting in a vehicle and, as a result, the individual began causing a disturbance including swinging at officers.

The RNC says the responding officer did not believe the individual in question was intoxicated. The person, however told the officer he suffered from Huntington’s disease which heightened the officer’s concern about his driving.

The suspect attempted to hit the responding police officer and resisted arrest.

The RNC notes that under Canadian law, anyone who suffers from an inability to understand that the nature and consequences of their actions are wrong can enter a plea of “not criminally responsible” in court.

In this case, no such plea was entered. In fact, the individual pleaded guilty to a charge of causing a disturbance.

The RNC has a responsibility to protect the public and in responding to this call, RNC officers attempted to stop an unlicenced and potentially unfit driver from operating a vehicle.

Organizations: Motor Registration Division

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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  • Tim Jamison
    November 18, 2012 - 13:01

    I spent an hour and a half waiting at Motor Vehicle the other day and it doesn't surprise me that less patient people are starting to flip their lids. How's about hiring a few new people and opening some of those windows, guys?

  • Justice Forall
    November 17, 2012 - 06:10

    Good to hear the RNC perspective on this. Its unfortunate that things like this happen but whether one has a disease, or condition does not make it right to assault anyone let alone a police officer. They are there to protect us us and when they get assaulted then the law should come down hard. Better training, better rescruitment are issues the RNC still have to address. The MUN program may be well and good but maybe recruitment needs to be tweaked. By being rigid with the pre-required mun courses for entry a lot of good solid young people are eliminated. People who who make solid police officers, who are caring, considerate and morally strong. Think about it RNC. Your force has a proud history and many fine people have worn that uniform.