The accused appeared at Grand Forks provincial court Tuesday, Dec. 14. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

The accused appeared at Grand Forks provincial court Tuesday, Dec. 14. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

West Boundary man pleads not guilty to criminal, driving charges

The accused faces federal drug trafficking charges and a short list of provincial charges

A Greenwood man pleaded not guilty to one count of flight from police and two Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) charges when he appeared at Grand Forks provincial court Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Olav Straume, 39, is also charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, to which he pleaded not guilty in December 2020. He is separately charged with flight from police under the Criminal Code of Canada and with driving while prohibited and driving on a suspended license, both under the MVA.

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Telling the court clerk to record the plea, Judge Craig Sicotte ordered Straume to reappear on all of his matters on March 8, when the judge said the court would fix a date for his provincial charges.

The accused is scheduled to stand trial for his drug charges on March 10, Sicotte said.

*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Straume pleaded not guilty to his CDSA charges in the summer of 2021. His not guilty plea was in fact entered on Dec. 15, 2020, according to the provincial court registry in Rossland.


 

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