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Vernon man heading to trial for assaulting police officer

Blake Dergez facing 12 charges in relation to 2021 incident when he was accused of pointing a laser at airplane

A Vernon man accused of pointing a laser at an airplane has a dozen new charges against him.

Blake Everett Dergez is now facing 12 charges: five counts of assault with a weapon, one count of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, one count of uttering a threat, one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and four counts of failing to comply with a condition of a release order.

All counts stem from Sept. 9, 2021 in Vernon.

Dergez did not plead guilty, as anticipated, in Vernon Law Court on June 26. Therefore dates are being fixed for his case to go to trial.

Dergez is also scheduled to fix dates in Penticton Law Courts for assaulting a peace officer on Feb. 19, 2022.

He has a long list of criminal offences dating back to 2003, including the above at Okanagan Corrections in July 2021.

The charges under the Aeronautics Act, stemming from the same day of the 12 charges, were dropped in February, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada confirms.

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