Man pleads not guilty in drunk driving case

A man charged with drinking and driving that allegedly killed a 13-year-old boy on Canada Day in 2010 has pleaded not guilty.

Rodney Arens, 34, of Red Deer has been 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 pleaded not guilty to all of the charges on Monday in Red Deer’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

His lawyer, Will Willms of Red Deer, told Judge Kirk Sisson, an eight-week trial would take place but not likely until March of 2013. Willms later said the delay in the trial was due to how booked the court is.

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 in 2010 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.

Arens will return to court Feb. 6 where a trial date will be set.