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Reidl pleads to drinking, driving charge

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The former chair of the Brockton police service board has  been fined after pleading guilty to driving with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

Charlie Reidl pleaded guilty to the charge Monday. The Crown dropped a charge of impaired driving.

Reidl, 72, who had been a member of the Brockton police service board since being elected to council in 2003, was in a two-vehicle crash on Dec. 5 in downtown Walkerton.

According to police Reidl’s red Ford Ranger was heading east along Durham St. around 7:30 p.m. when it crossed the centre line and struck a vehicle travelling west. Nobody was injured.

Reidl was fined $1,000 and banned from driving for a year. He was also assessed a victim fine surcharge of $150.

He stepped down as chair of the police service board after he was charged last month, but he said Wednesday he intends to carry on as a municipal councillor.

“Nothing prohibits me from doing it. There is no reason not to,” he said.

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