Apr 10, 2013 - DRUNK DRIVER WAS TRAVELLING AT MORE THAN 200 km/h BEFORE HE SLAMMED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE


A driver already twice convicted for impaired driving admitted in court Wednesday he caused a bad traffic accident on a Morinville-area highway after he became drunk at a golf tournament and then drove at more than 200 kilometres an hour.

On June 5, 2009, Darren Allen Shrumm drank while attending a golf tournament at the Calahoo Hills Golf Course. Late that afternoon, the 35-year-old drove away from the course in his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. He drove north on Highway 779 before heading east on Highway 37, Crown prosecutor Doug Taylor told court.

Around 4:30 p.m., according to an agreed statement of facts, 29-year-old Donovan Benoit turned onto Highway 37 in his Ford Fusion. Benoit had only driven a short distance when Shrumm’s truck slammed into the back of his car. The collision partially destroyed both vehicles.

Both men were taken to the University Hospital, Benoit by helicopter, Shrumm by ambulance.

“Both men were admitted at the hospital with major trauma,” Taylor said.

Benoit suffered serious injuries, including 10 broken ribs, spinal injuries and a deep cut to his scalp. He spent nearly two weeks in hospital.

RCMP determined Shrumm was travelling at 202 km/h seconds before he rear-ended Benoit’s car. From blood samples taken at hospital, officers concluded Shrumm’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

On Wednesday, Shrumm pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm. Taylor also told court that Shrumm has a history of drunk driving and speeding. He was convicted of driving while impaired in 2000 and 2005, and has three speeding violations in the past decade.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled for later this year. In the meantime, upon his conviction, Shrumm’s driver’s licence was suspended for three years.

Source: The Edmonton Journal


 

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