A young Kamloops man who caused nearly $20,000 in damage to parked vehicles during a vandalism spree while in a “drunken blackout” will avoid a criminal record if he can stay out of trouble for a year.
Quintin Frank, 21, was sentenced on Thursday (Oct. 22) in Kamloops provincial court after pleading guilty to four counts of mischief stemming from an Aug. 15, 2019, incident in which he drunkenly attacked a number of vehicles and a bus stop sign.
Court heard residents in the 200-block of Willow Street in North Kamloops were awoken early that morning to the sounds of Frank taking a large piece of wood to a Chevrolet pickup truck, then throwing a cement block at the vehicle — causing $5,000 in damage.
Frank then turned to a nearby Honda CRV, which sustained $12,000 worth of damage. He later crossed the street and attacked another pickup and then a Volkswagen Jetta, which was left covered in blood from Frank punching the windows in.
Police arrived to find Frank fleeing into a nearby yard. He was arrested and found to be heavily intoxicated, court heard. Police said he couldn’t coherently answer their questions.
Crown articling student Alex Wheele described Frank as having been in a “drunken blackout.” Frank spent the night in the RCMP cellblock and was released on conditions the following day.
Wheele sought house arrest for Frank, while defence lawyer Eric Rines suggested a conditional discharge — meaning Frank would not have a criminal record if he completes a year-long probation term without incident.
Rines said Frank has good insight into the incident and he has not consumed alcohol since his arrest.
“He has his entire life ahead of him,” Rines said.
Kamloops provincial court Judge Stella Frame sided with Rines, placing Frank on a conditional discharge.
Terms of his probation will require Frank to abstain from alcohol, pay $900 in restitution — amounts to cover the insurance deductibles for the damage he caused — and apologize to the vehicles’ owners within three months.
“This, Mr. Frank, is not a minor matter,” Frame said. “You need to understand that.”