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Former Lantzville mayoral candidate charged for swinging bat at truck last year

Stan Pottie set to appear in Nanaimo court April 25 to face mischief charge
Police responded to a call June 10, where a man is alleged to have damaged the window of a truck he thought was stolen from his property, according to Nanaimo RCMP. (Image submitted)

A former Lantzville mayoral candidate has been formally charged several months after someone swung a baseball bat and damaged the window of a pickup truck.

Stan Pottie faces one count of mischief under $5,000. The charge stems from an incident the morning of June 10 at Clark Drive, near Industrial Road, in Lantzville, reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson, told the News Bulletin at the time.

Pottie’s first appearance in provincial court in Nanaimo is scheduled for April 25.

O’Brien said there was a report of an individual who had taken a bat and smashed the window of an older model Chevy truck, which he thought was stolen. While the vehicle bore a striking resemblance to the stolen truck, police determined “it was a doppelganger” based on the vehicle identification number, according to O’Brien.

There were no injuries reported.

A June 8 post from Stan Pottie, on the Lantzville Community Hub Facebook page, stated that his Chevy crew cab pickup was missing and asked people to be on the lookout for it.

Pottie ran for mayor of the District of Lantzville in the fall municipal election, garnering 11.6 per cent of the vote and losing to incumbent Mark Swain. As he didn’t file his disclosure statements on time, Pottie will not be able to run again for office until after the 2026 general election, according to Elections B.C.

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Karl Yu

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