Suggashie was acquitted after trial of impaired operation of a motor vehicle contrary to s 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.
The trial was held in the First Nation territory of Pikangikum.
On appeal [2012 ONSC 22929], which was held in absentia, the Crown argued two grounds:
First, that the trial judge erred in law in finding that issue at trial was whether the conduct of the accused demonstrated a marked departure from that of a normal person.
Second, that the trial judge erred in finding that First Nations peacekeepers are peace officers with all the rights and responsibilities that such a designation entails.