A young man who had the brilliant idea of stealing his police girlfriend’s shirt to go party in a bar on the South Shore managed to avoid jail.
“It might sound like a funny story to you, when you were intoxicated, but it can have very serious consequences. […] », Recently insisted Judge Dannie Leblanc, at the Longueuil courthouse.
Tommy Maheux Turcotte had just pleaded guilty to the charge of having falsely presented himself as a peace officer in a bar in Quartier DIX30, in Brossard, on January 19.
That evening, the 31-year-old went out with a friend. Rather than wearing his clothes, he took his girlfriend’s work shirt … policewoman.
For a reason that has not been explained, Maheux Turcotte also had in his possession a badge of the Service de police de l’Agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL).
The drunk young man was using these two items to approach ladies in the bar.
A drunk policeman, really?
Finding it strange to be asked for his name by an intoxicated patroller, without a full uniform or weapon, a young woman went to warn the porter.
Real SPAL agents attended the scene and Maheux Turcotte was arrested at his home shortly after.
“He was living in a situation which made him fall back into a problem of consumption,” the accused’s lawyer told Judge Leblanc last month.
The one with a history of break and enter has since changed his life, assured the criminal lawyer. The Sherbrooke resident has a new spouse and a new job, in particular.
“I took control of my life for real,” he vowed, before being sentenced to 18 months probation including 100 hours of community service.
Now that the legal proceedings are over, the blue shirt bearing the SPAL crest should be returned to its rightful owner, who no longer has any contact with Maheux Turcotte.