He led police on two separate chases in and around a Saskatchewan town but was ultimately arrested in Manitoba.
“You’re lucky that nobody was hurt badly because there was a lot of dangerous behaviour,” Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta noted as she sentenced 38-year-old Clinton Gerrard Ducharme in Brandon court this week.
Ducharme first got in trouble on Jan. 7, 2011 when RCMP in Kamsack, Sask., were notified that he had threatened to kill himself.
Police searched the family home and seized four firearms that were stashed under a couch and 11 boxes of ammunition.
The first car chase came on March 3, 2011.
RCMP were called to a domestic dispute and Ducharme was spotted driving away from the scene. He was chased to Kamsack, and then south of town and arrested when he hit the ditch.
He then violated a no-contact order with his estranged wife by sending her a message on Facebook and did so again by sending her repeated text messages on April 20, 2011.
The texting marked the start of a series of events that led to the second car chase.
Ducharme had texted his ex-wife a number of times before showing up at her home where he slashed her car tires with a knife and smashed the car’s window.
When police found him parked nearby in a truck, he drove off through Kamsack where he reached speeds up to 80 km/h.
He ran stop signs and passed through three school zones at a time when kids were headed to school, and police called off the chase.
More than four hours later, he was arrested on Highway 3 by Roblin RCMP.
On Sept. 20, Ducharme was sentenced in Dauphin to two years in jail for a series of offences. That included offences related to his arrest by Roblin RCMP — among them, impaired driving.
In Brandon court on Thursday, he pleaded guilty to a host of other charges related to the above events — flight from police, careless storage of firearms, breaches of court orders, mischief, driving dangerously and obstructing or resisting a peace officer.
Hewitt-Michta added another five months of jail time which Ducharme will serve concurrently to his current two-year sentence.
After jail, he’ll be on probation for 18 months with an order to stay well away from his ex-wife. In addition, he’s banned from driving for two years.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 15, 2012