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Alberta MP accused of not providing breath sample locked himself in truck, officer says

Edmonton MP Peter Goldring, who left the Conservative caucus after being charged with failing to take a breathalyzer, speaks in the House of Commons on on Nov. 21, 2011.

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A policeman says an Edmonton MP under arrest for suspected drunk driving had locked himself in his truck and refused to co-operate when the officer arrived on the scene.

Sgt. Conrad Moschansky told a court hearing that he had come to help out because Peter Goldring was reported to be acting in a quote — "belligerent" — manner.

The 15-year MP for Edmonton-East is to go on trial Jan. 16 on a charge of refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample.

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He was re-elected most recently as a Conservative but has sat as an Independent since shortly after his arrest.

His lawyer wants more records of computer messages and phone calls by police in the hour before Mr. Goldring's arrest last December in north Edmonton.

Mr. Goldring has suggested his defence will include the assertion police unfairly targeted him that night — but Sgt. Moschansky says he didn't tell his officers to pull over any specific person or type of vehicle.

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