Man sentenced jail time for unlawful confinement

Nancy MacPhee
Published on January 20, 2014
Prince County Court House

SUMMERSIDE — A 29-year-old Prince County man, already in jail, will spend more time behind bars after pleading guilty Monday to uttering threats and unlawful confinement.

Shane Douglas Doucette has been in jail since October on unrelated charges and, on Nov. 15, agreed to remain in custody on the unlawful confinement and uttering threats charges.

The incident happened almost a year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013.

RCMP received a call from the driver of a vehicle who indicated that a van, later found to driven by Doucette, tried to run him off the road.

The van was found in O’Leary and police questioned Doucette, who was now in the passenger seat, and another man. Doucette told police he pursued the car, alleging someone inside had thrown something at his van and gave them the finger.

The investigation would reveal that, earlier, prior to the incident, Doucette had stopped two teens walking in O’Leary and asked where he could purchase marijuana. One of the teens got inside the van after being threatened by Doucette.

When the van went in a high-speed pursuit of the vehicle, the teen pleaded to get out, later telling police he was tossed about in the back of the van where there was no seat and that speeds reached 160 kilometres per hour.

Doucette told the pleading teen that he would kill him.

When the van did stop, after what was a 17-kilometre pursuit, the teen escaped, texted his mother who later arrived at the scene.

Doucette, who had a previous conviction for uttering threats, was sentenced to 120 days on the confinement charge. Judge Jeff Lantz credited him with 102 days served, reducing his sentence to an additional 18 days behind bars.

“I don’t know what possessed Mr. Doucette,” said Lantz. “This was highly inappropriate.”

He was handed a 60-day concurrent sentence on the uttering threats charge and was credited with 59 days served.

Once out of jail, Doucette will be on probation for two years, during which time he must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for any mental health issues, stay away from the victim and his co-accused and pay $100 in victim surcharges.

He must provide a DNA sample to police and is prohibited from owning or possessing weapons or ammunition for five years.