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Tory MP locked self in truck at Checkstop

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EDMONTON -- A police officer has testified an Alberta MP locked himself in his truck and refused to co-operate the night he was pulled over for suspected drunk driving.

Sgt. Conrad Moschansky told court he arrived at an Edmonton parking lot last December after an officer asked for help with Peter Goldring's arrest following a Christmas party.

"He (the officer) informed me we had a member of Parliament under arrest and he was being belligerent," Moschansky said Friday under questioning from Goldring's lawyer, Dino Bottos, at a pretrial hearing.

Bottos read aloud one of Moschansky's cellphone messages from the scene and the sergeant confirmed it was accurate.

"(I) spoke with (arresting officer) Const. Shelrud and he mentioned driver had locked himself in car and would not co-operate and would not open door," read the email.

However, Goldring acknowledged within seconds of the sergeant's arrival that he was there, Moschansky said. "The window came down four inches and we engaged in conversation."

Soon after, Goldring was charged with one count of failing to provide a breathalyzer sample and released.

The 68-year-old MP for Edmonton-East is to go to trial Jan. 16. He's represented the riding since 1997. He was elected most recently as a Conservative but has sat as an Independent since shortly after his arrest.

He's suggested his defence will argue that police unfairly targeted him.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 8, 2012 A22

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