Tuesday September 02, 2014

Man jailed for threatening officer who pulled over his truck

'He said he would find him on the street. . . . Then he said he’d find his wife and kids on the street'

A 42-year-old man who drove without a licence and uttered threats against the family of an RCMP member who arrested him will remain in jail until early January, when he will go to a treatment centre.

Mark Coombs pleaded guilty after being arrested Oct. 26 in a pickup truck that pulled off the road into Northills Mall.

RCMP pulled over the vehicle driven by Coombs after a member noticed his erratic driving.

Crown prosecutor Michael Wong said Coombs was seen switching seats with a passenger. Evidence of crack cocaine paraphernalia was found inside and Coombs failed a roadside alcohol check.

Once arrested, he hurled abuse at the RCMP member.

“He said he would find him on the street. . . . Then he said he’d find his wife and kids on the street,” Wong told provincial court judge Stella Frame.

At one point, he began smashing his head on the inside of the cruiser. Once bleeding, he threatened to spit on the arresting member, telling him “you’re going to get Hep C, bitch.”

Coombs was taken to hospital for stitches to his head. He later apologized to the same RCMP member.

He has a criminal record for similar offences.

Defence lawyer Don Campbell said Coombs has Cree background and was raised amid domestic abuse. He has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction.

Campbell said Coombs’s life “derailed” when his spouse, a sex trade worker, went missing and is presumed dead. He has cared for two teenaged sons in the past.

Frame sentenced Coombs to three months in jail for uttering threats, including time served. Once released from KRCC he will transfer to a residential drug treatment program in Kitwanga, in northern B.C.

He was given a $700 fine for driving while prohibited and will also serve 18 months probation, including a curfew on leaving his home during evenings.

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