The preliminary inquiry for Carson Pelletier, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, has been adjourned until March 12, and the so-called Highway through Hell had a part to play in it.
Pelletier is facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine in Estevan. The charges were laid in late 2016, and the accused has changed his election for how he would be tried three times, most recently to trial by Queens Bench judge and jury. The preliminary inquiry was scheduled for one day.
Pelletier left a voice mail with his lawyer, Jonathan Goby, saying that he and his mother had departed Surrey, B.C. and gotten as far as Merritt, B.C., when they ran into bad weather on the Coquihalla Highway and had to turn around for home.
While he expressed some frustration with how long the case has taken to get to this point, Judge Lane Wiegers acknowledged the storm front and granted an adjournment for the preliminary inquiry. March 12 was the earliest available date, so he set it for then.