Jan 13, 2015 - LAST CHANCE FOR IMPAIRED DRIVER, JUDGE SAYS


A 20-year-old man previously convicted as a teen of dangerous driving causing the death of his close friend was sentenced to three months of house arrest after pleading guilty to another charge impaired driving.

The man was charged with impaired driving in November 2014 after police pulled him over for erratic driving. On Monday, he was sentenced in provincial court to house arrest followed by 12 months of probation, banned from driving for 15 months and ordered to abstain from alcohol and attend addictions treatment. "If you violate the conditions (of the sentence), you will serve the remaining time in custody," Judge Marilyn Gray told the man. "If you are back before me, there won't be a second chance."

Because the man's prior dangerous driving charge occurred when he was a youth, his name cannot be published when his youth record is referenced, according to the law.

Crown prosecutor Frank Impey asked Gray for a one year jail term. He cited a court assessment that suggests the man is a high risk to re-offend.

"He was putting the public at risk yet again. The death of his friend did not deter him," Impey said in court.

Defence lawyer Kim Armstrong said the man, who was living with his common-law partner and their five-month-old child, has an addictions problem that he is just starting to address. She argued the Crown was unfairly factoring his youth conviction into the sentencing recommendation.

The man apologized in court.

"I'd like to say sorry for what I did. I wish I was out right now so I could be with my family," he said.

He was 16 in April 2011 when he was a driving a stolen car that crashed into a curb. Two of his friends were in the car with him and no one was wearing a seatbelt.

One of the friends died in hospital from his head wounds four days later.

The driver was sentenced in August 2012 to eight months of probation and 80 hours of community service after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death.

"Stay away from the drinking now. It brings nothing but grief," the victim's brother told the young man during a sentencing circle.

Source: The Star Phoenix


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