Ontario drunk drivers haven’t hit the brakes at all over the past few years, and the sheer number of impaired driving crashes have become so bad some of the crash descriptions sound like something straight out of a bad dream.
One impaired driving case that’s currently in court in Barrie, Ontario is the perfect example of the lack of judgement that comes when you drink alcohol and get behind the wheel. Andrew Fallows was a triple threat behind the wheel: he was driving drunk, had a suspended driver’s license, and didn’t have insurance on his truck when he left a friend’s house at three am in the morning.
He drove across highway lanes and smashed into a median, then flipped his truck on top of it. The first police officer on the scene discovered the driver’s seat empty and Fallows alert and conscious in the passenger seat with a female unconscious in his lap. He stated that she was driving the truck at the time of the crash.
She was airlifted to the hospital where she was placed on life support and died a few days later. Fallows was questioned by the police, submitted to a breathalyzer test, and blew .198 and .226. Police may have suspected he was the driver as they performed the breathalyzer tests, and because the female “driver” was on life support, she couldn’t refute his statement.
Thankfully police officers have their ways of discovering who’s really the drunk driver in impaired driving crashes like this one. They found the blood and hair on the passenger side windshield matched the impact made by the woman in the vehicle, while the impact of Fallows’ head was in the center of the windshield.
The Crown attorney presented the evidence that Fallows moved the woman aside as she was dying of her injuries, all so he wouldn’t be charged with drunk driving. Although the trial is ongoing, this is one Ontario drunk driver who’s quick thinking in the aftermath of his crash may be end up being his undoing.