Edmonton MP Peter Goldring denies using status to influence drunk driving charge

Edmonton-East MP Peter Goldring enters the court house after speaking to the media outside the...

Edmonton-East MP Peter Goldring enters the court house after speaking to the media outside the court house in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

Tony Blais, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

EDMONTON — Thirteen and a half months after being charged by police with refusing to provide a breath sample, Edmonton MP Peter Goldring finally got his day in court.

Testifying in his own defence on Friday, the 68-year-old politician disputed the evidence of the arresting officer and said his Charter rights were breached, including not being allowed to speak to a lawyer after being arrested.

Goldring also alleged he was physically manhandled by the officer and was handcuffed so tightly that he bled.


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