A man found driving on the wrong side of the road with a cocktail of drugs in his system last year appeared in St. John’s court Friday.
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Scott Brocklehurst pleaded guilty to four charges stemming from the October incident.
On the afternoon of Oct. 10, police got a report of a vehicle being driven on the wrong side of the road in the area of Carrick Drive.
When police found Brocklehurst in the area, the vehicle was stopped and he was slumped over the wheel. Police say he appeared to be asleep and was slurring his words when they woke him. When asked for his name, the officer could not understand him. Police brought him to the cruiser and noted he was also stumbling.
Police found a number of needles inside the car. While a toxicology report found Brocklehurst had cocaine, cannabis, morphine and lorazepam in his system, he said the needles were not his. He did admit to taking morphine orally, but said he did not take it intravenously.
The car did not belong to Brocklehurst which led to a charge of possession of stolen property. He pleaded guilty to that charge, impaired driving, a breach of a court order and breach of probation.
Brocklehurst, 28, was in court in December to face a list of charges from about the same time. He already had a criminal record.
Brocklehurst spent time working as a pipefitter in Fort McMurray. He returned to St. John's earlier in 2013. When his money ran out he turned to crime. He started stealing from and defrauding businesses and people. Brocklehurst pleaded guilty to 25 charges in December — four counts of theft under $5,000, six counts of fraud under $5,000, six counts of breaching probation and eight counts of breach of court orders. He was sentenced to 19 months in jail, with 18 months’ probation to follow.
On Friday, Brocklehurst’s lawyer, Michelle Coady, told Brocklehurst’s story much the same as she did in December — how he had stayed clean during his time working out west and had come back because a nine-year relationship with a woman whom he had found out was pregnant wasn’t going well. Coady said Friday his family told him he shouldn’t come home, but keep on the path he was on. His coming back and his relationship ending led to his cocaine-fuelled crime spree, Coady said.
Coady told the judge that Brocklehurst’s mother was in the court, as she had been for his previous appearances, and that she still supported him.
While the judge mentioned this was Brocklehurst’s first impaired driving incident, he said having somebody with morphine and cocaine in their system driving in the afternoon on the wrong side of the road in a residential area with children was quite troubling. He also noted the lengthy sentence Brocklehurst was already serving for the other crimes he had admitted to.
The judge fined Brocklehurst $1,200 and suspended him from driving for one year. He also gave him 15 days each for the breach of probation and the breach of undertaking, to be added to his current sentence.