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Richmond Mountie banned from driving for one year

A Richmond RCMP officer who was involved in a hit-and-run incident on the 5400 block of Highway 17 in Delta in September of 2011, was banned from driving for one year after pleading guilty in Surrey provincial court.

The Richmond Review heard from a curious reader, who was wondering what happened in the case involving Richmond RCMP Cpl. Tony Bernard, whose full name is Antonious Alexander Bernard.

A complainant reported to the Delta Police Department on Sept. 15, 2011 that he'd been sideswiped by another vehicle, and managed to jot down the licence plate of the vehicle and followed it.

A Delta Police officer was able to locate the vehicle and pull it over.

Bernard was driving his personal vehicle at the time, according to RCMP Cpl. Annie Linteau.

Originally charged with impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample, dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident scene, Bernard pled guilty to dangerous driving, and was sentenced on Feb. 26, 2013.

Though there are no bans on publication, Bernard's name is for some reason omitted from the Court Services Online website (tinyurl.com/BCcourtservices), a publicly-accessible database of court cases, including criminal and traffic court, which includes details on charges, participants, court appearances, sentences and outcomes.

The Richmond Review has inquired about why Bernard's name has been omitted from the database.

"Good question... I have forwarded to our contact at Court Services for clarification and investigation," wrote Susan, a client support analyst with B.C. Online Help Desk for Access Point Information Canada Ltd., in an e-mail.

Aside from the driving ban, Bernard received a one-year term of probation and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of $1,500.

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