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Crofton man pleads not guilty of trying to run woman down

A Crofton man accused of trying to run a woman down in a pick-up truck is scheduled for trial June 4 and 5, 2012.

Ronald Scott Gaudreault, 27, has pleaded not guilty to three charges: criminal harassment, dangerous driving, and taking an automobile without the owner’s consent.

He’s slated to stand trial during two days at Duncan Law Courts next year, but is first set to appear for a trial confirmation hearing on March 6, 2012.

Gaudreault’s charges stem from a May 29 incident that occurred at about 2:40 a.m.

That’s when North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP responded to a 911 call from a 33-year-old woman, who said she was hiding in bushes near Cowichan Bay Road after a man in a pick-up had attempted to run her down.

“The female went on to say that the pick-up had become stuck and the driver had exited the vehicle and was trying to find her,” police said at the time.

Mounties arrived on the scene and found a stuck Dodge pick-up. Soon after, the woman emerged from the bushes and approached the police.

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