Natsis drunk driving trial put off, likely until March

Court evidence photos from the trial of Pembroke dentist Christy Natsis show the fatat accident scene in the WB lane of Hwy. 417 outside of Ottawa on March 31, 2011.



OTTAWA - The trial of a Pembroke dentist accused of killing a man while driving drunk is being put off to the new year when a judge will consider whether police violated her Charter rights.

The defence contends that OPP Const. Ryan Besner didn't have grounds to arrest Dr. Christy Natsis at the scene of the March 31, 2011 crash on Hwy. 17 near Arnprior that killed Ottawa man Bryan Casey.

Then, the defence argues, Besner violated her right to counsel by interrupting and cutting off her call to a lawyer.

Natsis' lawyers want Judge Neil Kozloff to throw out some of the evidence, including breath sample readings that put Natsis' blood alcohol at about 2 1/2 times the legal limit hours after the crash.

The defence elected Thursday not to call the lawyer Natsis talked to for about 40 minutes.

Lawyers will return to court Friday to set dates, expected to be in March.

Natsis, 48, has pleaded not guilty to charges of impaired and dangerous driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, all causing death.

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