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Sailors' impersonation case headed to adult diversion program

May 16, 2012 - 6:12pm By STEVE BRUCE Court Reporter

Four members of the Royal Canadian Navy talk outside Dartmouth provincial court earlier this month after their arraignment on a charge of impersonating police. From left are Scott Broderick, Bronson Mahnke, Nicholas Brownhill and John Proctor. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)

Four members of the Royal Canadian Navy will be given the opportunity to avoid having a criminal record for impersonating police.

The Crown has agreed to refer the charge against the sailors to the province’s adult diversion program, a Dartmouth provincial court judge was told Wednesday.

If the young men accept responsibility for their actions and meet the terms of a contract to be drawn up by a probation officer, the charge will be withdrawn by the prosecution.

The four men were charged after someone in a car pulled in behind a vehicle that was parked on Bissett Road in Cole Harbour on March 25 at about 1 a.m. and activated blue and red flashing lights on the dash and a siren.

After the fake police car pulled away without anyone getting out, the people in the other vehicle called 911.

A few minutes later, RCMP stopped a Dodge Avenger matching the description of the suspicious car and arrested the four occupants for posing as police.

The accused are Scott Carman Broderick, 21, Nicholas Christopher Brownhill, 22, and John Arthur Proctor, 20, all of Lady Hammond Road in Halifax, and Bronson Guenther Mahnke, 19, of Washmill Lake Drive in Halifax.

The men were arraigned two weeks ago and were back before a judge Wednesday.

They assured Judge Pam Williams that they understood how adult diversion works. She ordered them to return to court Aug. 15 for an update on their progress.

Two uniformed naval officers sat in the gallery and took notes on the proceedings.

Police laid a summary charge, so the maximum penalty is a $5,000 fine or six months in jail. It also meant the case was eligible for adult diversion, which has been offered provincewide since 1997 to first-time offenders of minor crimes.