Further delay in case of man charged with drunk driving

  • Mar. 6, 2013 3:55 p.m.

More time is needed in the case of a man who is charged with drinking and driving. The crash killed a 13-year-old boy on Canada Day in 2010.

Last month the trial of Rodney Arens, 35, which was set to begin later this month, was adjourned.

Arens of Red Deer 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 the charges.

Last month, the Court of Queens Bench heard that Arens no longer had a lawyer. He had previously obtained Will Willms of Red Deer.

His trial was scheduled to take place from March 25 to May 17. Now that it has been adjourned, it is not likely another one will take place until next year.

On Monday, Arens told court that he had hired a lawyer and was in the process of officially obtaining his new counsel.

The case was put over until April 8th where new trial dates are expected to be set.

In 2010, police said Anouluck ‘Jeffrey’ Chanminaraj, 13, was riding in a Honda Civic with his 18-year-old brother Jamie and 20-year-old sister Stephanie, who was driving, at about 11 p.m. on Canada Day when a Dodge Ram pick-up truck crashed into the passenger side of the car.

Their car was turning left through the intersection of Taylor Dr. and Kerry Wood Dr. when it was allegedly struck by a drunk driver operating the pick-up truck. The siblings were on their way to see the Canada Day fireworks.

Jeffrey was pronounced dead at the scene.