A Weyburn man who flipped his truck, and then blamed it on his girlfriend who was never there, plead guilty to willfully obstructing a police officer and driving with improper care and attention in Moose Jaw Provincial Court on Monday.

The accident happened in April of 2016. Curtis Yanke was driving on the Trans-Canada between Pense and Belle Plaine when his truck rolled. He was discovered by first responders on the ground with head injuries.

Court heard Yanke said his girlfriend was the one driving, but there was no one else in the vicinity of the accident.

Yanke was airlifted to a hospital in Regina, while emergency personnel went looking for the non-existent second occupant.

A phone call to Yanke’s girlfriend confirmed she wasn’t in the vehicle at the time of the incident, the Crown told the court.

Yanke was fined $1,000 for driving with improper care and attention and handed a nine-month suspended sentence for the obstruction charge.

Yanke was also handed other conditions such as a zero tolerance for alcohol while driving, and mandatory breath samples if stopped by police.

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