MP charged with refusing breath sample refused to co-operate: officer

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

EDMONTON - A police constable says he and his supervising officer had to handcuff an Edmonton MP during his arrest for failing to give a breath sample.

Const. Trevor Shelrud says Peter Goldring was dismissive, argumentative and unco-operative during the arrest in a parking lot in December 2011.

Shelrud says Goldring locked himself in his vehicle and refused to deal with him, so the officer had to call his supervisor.

Shelrud says his boss didn't have much more luck, but eventually persuade Goldring to roll down his window.

Goldring, a 15-year MP for Edmonton-East, is on trial on a charge of refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample.

Goldring's lawyer plans to file a constitutional challenge to the arrest, but Judge Larry Anderson is hearing the evidence first.