YOUNG MOTHER DITCHES TODDLER TO GO DRINKING IN PARKING LOT WINDS UP WITH IMPAIRED AND OBSTRUCTION CONVICTIONS.
Appearing in Courtroom 102 this morning before Her Honour Justice Danalyn MacKinnon is 20 year old ALLYSON SOCHACKEY.
SOCHACKEY is a taller than average female. She’s wearing brown pants and a beige shirt that appears to be too small exposing about 4” of her midriff.
SOCHACKEY is represented by local Legal Aid lawyer Marilyn Thompson. Crown Attorney Rob Kozak is present to prosecute.
SOCHACKEY is pleading guilty to 2 charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and obstruction of police. The third charge is being withdrawn by the Crown.
ADMITTED FACTS BEFORE THE COURT.
On October 10,2018 a 911 call is placed by a real concerned citizen at 2:49am about a potential drunk driver in the parking lot of 283 Pearl Street.
Thunder Bay Police officers arrive at 2:56am in the parking lot. They immediately observe 2 people in the vehicle attempting to hide something. The lights are activated and police begin their investigation. Two empty cans of alcoholic coolers are found along with keys in the ignition and the vehicle running. Police question both driver and passenger.
Investigation with passenger leads police to believe there is a young toddler alone in an apartment at 283 Pearl Street. Police question driver SOCHACKEY who denies there is a child left alone and tells police that the child is with grandparents. The passenger tells police that they left child alone in apartment because they didn’t want to drink alcohol near child. Driver SOCHACKEY continues to deny child is left alone.
SOCHACKEY fails the roadside screening device for alcohol and is arrested. The Thunder Bay Police Officer goes to the Pearl Street apartment and finds the door unlocked. Concerned about the welfare of the toddler, the Police Officer enters and finds an 18 month old child alone standing up in his crib. The officer helps the child go back to sleep and contacts Dilico Family Care. SOCHACKEY is taken to Thunder Bay Police Station for breathalyzer testing while Dilico arrives to take custody of the abandoned child.
At 4:12am, SOCHACKEY has a blood alcohol reading of .130
At 4:39am, SOCHACKEY has a blood alcohol reading of .127
Defence attorney Thompson, submits Gladue factors to the court. SOCHACKEY is originally a member of Whitefish Bay Indian Reserve but is now a member of Pic River 50 Reserve. Her mother passed away about a year ago due to alcohol issues. The court hears that SOCHACKEY regained custody of her child in December. She’s a recipient of Ontario Works. She has no previous criminal record.
There is a joint submission to the court for a fine, probation and community service along with driver’s licence suspension.
Her Honour Justice MacKinnon tells SOCHACKEY “ You put alcohol before your child. You’re a young mother, but it’s important to be a good mother. You misled police officers who were investigating the welfare of your child”.
SOCHACKEY is fined 1000$ and has her license suspended for 1 year on the impaired charge. She’s given 12 months to pay.
SOCHACKEY receives 12 months probation on the obstruction of police charge with recommendations for grief and alcohol counselling. She’s also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.
ANOTHER GOOD JOB BY THUNDER BAY POLICE OFFICERS
As usual, no media release from the Director of Communications at TBPS and local taxpayer subsidized media are not present to report for the public.
WRITER’S NOTE: SOURCES INDICATE THAT SOCHACKEY’S MOTHER DID NOT DIE OF ALCOHOL ISSUES BUT SEPTIC SHOCK FROM PNEUMONIA. IT APPEARS THAT SOCHACKEY LIED TO THE COURT ABOUT HER OWN MOTHER’S DEATH.