The long arm of the law is lengthy enough to stretch from Afghanistan to Brandon, it seems.
A woman who took a soldier’s Jeep for a ride without his permission while he was serving overseas will have to fork over a fine.
Court heard on Monday that Jessica Strutt was pulled over at a checkstop in Brandon on the afternoon of Oct. 13 and, as the 2004 Jeep Liberty she was driving had inactive licence plates, the vehicle was towed.
Strutt said she lived with the owner at CFB Shilo, and claimed that the soldier had given her the keys to move it around once in a while during his deployment.
The next day, however, the soldier called police from Afghanistan to say he hadn’t given Strutt permission to take his car and he wanted her charged. The soldier followed up by emailing a complaint to police.
Strutt, 25, pleaded guilty on Monday to taking an automobile without the owner’s consent and was fined $400.
Defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett explained that Strutt had taken the vehicle so she could attend treatment at hospital for her injured back. She claimed the soldier’s girlfriend had said she could use it, but didn’t have permission of the true owner.
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