Arens appears in court on several new charges

A bail hearing for the accused has been set for next week in Red Deer

  • Jan. 8, 2014 5:05 p.m.

Rodney Arens, 36, appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday morning on charges that were laid against him last month in Sylvan Lake.

On Dec. 21st, Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Sylvan Lake. Upon locating the parked and running vehicle, police located the driver, slumped over the steering wheel. After waking the driver and speaking to him, he was arrested for impaired care or control of a motor vehicle.

Police have said after a search of the male and the vehicle, they located cash and crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

Arens, of Red Deer, is now facing numerous charges stemming from the incident including impaired care or control of a motor vehicle, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest, failing to comply with conditions and drug related charges.

In court on Tuesday morning, election and plea for these matters was held over. A bail hearing will be held for Arens on Jan. 14 in Red Deer provincial court.

In addition, Arens is awaiting trial for an incident that took place in 2010 in Red Deer.

In that incident he is charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, three charges of refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample and breach of recognizance. He has pleaded not guilty to all of those charges. A trial for these matters will be held April 22 – June 20. Arens was told by the court last year that he had to be prepared to proceed for the trial after many delays in the case.

Theses charges stem from a crash on Canada Day in 2010. A 13-year-old boy was killed in that crash.

In addition, Arens was also charged last spring with failing to comply and a number of Traffic Safety Act charges including failing to hold a valid driver’s license.