If you ever read crazy drunk driving stories in the news, odds are you’ve also seen a few crazy arrest stories. Some people who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol don’t submit easily when police ask them to provide a breathalyzer sample or do a field sobriety test, but if that person has crashed and injured others, you’d expect them to at least acknowledge the severity of the situation at the time.
That’s not what happened when a Manitoba man caused a crash that injured several people. He was driving at high speeds down the wrong way of a highway when he struck an oncoming car that had actually pulled over to avoid him. Three people in the vehicle were injured, and one had to be removed by the jaws of life.
The man had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of double the legal limit when he was assessed at the scene, but his behavior after the crash would be considered bizarre even at that level of intoxication. While the paramedics tried to help the victims, the offender, seemingly in a great mood, told jokes and asked them for high fives.
He was arrested for driving under the influence and changed his tune when he appeared in court, pleading guilty to his charges. When he appeared for sentencing, the judge allowed him to serve a ninety day jail sentence on weekends so he could remain in the community during the week. That didn’t sit well with the Crown, who appealed and asked for a two year sentence because of the nature of the crash and his behavior after.
The appeal court overturned the original ninety day sentence and replaced it with six months in jail, but they aren’t requiring him to go back to prison as he’s already been free in the community and served his ninety days.
It’s a strange end to a strange case, but hopefully this is the last time this man is arrested for driving under the influence. If he is again, odds are he won’t get off as easily.