Accused in parking lot incident at MUN pleads not guilty

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Justin Michael Chipman — the man arrested in connection with an incident in February on the parking lot of the Field House at Memorial University — will go to trial this summer.

Justin Chipman appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Monday and was charged with several violations of the Highway Traffic Act, including driving without a licence, registration and insurance. Police say Chipman already owes more than $26,000 in fines. He was arrested Sunday on Cookstown Road. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Chipman pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday.

Defence lawyer Ken Mahoney and Crown prosecutor Dan Murphy agreed to schedule Chipman's trial for July 21.

The 26-year-old capital city man is facing 14 charges, including four counts each of assaulting a peace officer and assault with a weapon. Police also charged Chipman with two counts of theft under $5,000, one count of theft exceeding $5,000 in relation to a motor vehicle, property damage, dangerous driving and breach of a probation order.

The charges were laid as a result of an incident that happened Feb. 18.

Plain-clothed RNC officers were conducting surveillance at the parking lot when they reported seeing a man breaking into vehicles. The man got in a stolen SUV and was said to have erratically driven straight for one of the officers, prompting him to discharge his firearm. The driver sped off. The SUV was later found engulfed in flames on Keane Place.

Police located Chipman shortly after and took him into custody.

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