Man buys truck, goes mudding, gets caught

In a tale as old as time, a man buys a truck, and has to play with it.

That’s what happened on April 10, when Jared Austin Dornn and another man took their trucks mudding at Estevan’s Cactus Park, on the south side of town.

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Dornn appeared in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to mischief/willful damage and a breach of a probation order from Humboldt court.

Crown prosecutor Chris Gratton said the vehicles were heard revving south of the city at Cactus Park, spinning tires and sending lots of mud flying. There was damage done to the dirt road and grass. It cost the city $760 in grader work to repair the damage.

A co-accused had previously pleaded guilty and was given a restitution order for $380, half of the damage.

Judge Lane Wiegers noted to Dornn, “You’ve got a significant record, particularly for property offences.”

Dornn, who represented himself in court, replied. “I know I made a mistake. I deeply regret it. I messed up the city’s land.”

He explained he had just purchased a new truck, and went mudding. He saw a previous track there, so he carried on.

Wiegers warned him to straighten up by pointing out with his record, “Somebody might say look, this guy has to go to jail for a while.”

He agreed with the Crown’s request for a six-month suspended sentence and restitution of $380. He added a $200 victim impact surcharge, and gave Dornn five months to pay all the penalties.

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