Drunk driver more than triple le­gal limit, court hears

Fort McMurray Today - - ALBERTA NEWS - KEVIN MARTIN KMartin@post­media.com

Driv­ing drunk with three kids in his mini­van, in­clud­ing two be­long­ing to a friend, has landed a Cal­gary man a one-year con­di­tional sen­tence.

And among the re­quire­ments Ge­of­frey Scott Mun­roe must com­plete as part of his sen­tence is to write an es­say on the dan­gers of im­paired driv­ing, and speak to high school stu­dents about it.

That was part of the or­der made Wed­nes­day by pro­vin­cial court Judge John Bas­com, who ac­cepted a joint sub­mis­sion from Crown and de­fence lawyers for a con­di­tional sen­tence for Mun­roe.

“He will pro­vide an es­say on the dan­gers of drink­ing and driv­ing, and im­paired driv­ing,” Bas­com said.

“He’ll also ar­range speak­ing dates to pub­lic and Catholic schools,” the judge said, mak­ing the lat­ter con­di­tion some­thing ar­ranged at the dis­cre­tion of his com­mu­nity sen­tence su­per­vi­sor.

De­fence lawyer Ben Le­ung en­tered a plea on Mun­roe’s be­half to a sin­gle charge of im­paired driv­ing in con­nec­tion with an in­ci­dent on Aug. 16, 2016.

Read­ing from a state­ment of agreed facts, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Ron Si­menik de­tailed Mun­roe’s of­fence.

Si­menik told Bas­com that Mun­roe was driv­ing his white mini­van south­bound on Hwy. 2, north of Air­drie when po­lice were called.

“Po­lice re­ceived driv­ing com­plaints in­di­cat­ing this ve­hi­cle was be­ing driven all over the road and that there were a ‘bunch of kids’ in the ve­hi­cle,” Si­menik said.

Moun­ties lo­cated the van and no­ticed it wasn’t main­tain­ing its lane of travel, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

“There were three small chil­dren in the ve­hi­cle; one in a child car seat (and) one in a child booster seat,” Si­menik said.

“One of the chil­dren was his; the other two were his friend’s chil­dren.”

Mun­roe pro­vided a breath sam­ple on a road­side screen­ing de­vice, but his blood-al­co­hol con­tent was too high to be recorded, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

Breath­a­lyzer tests later showed the low­est of two read­ings was 260 mg of al­co­hol per 100 ml of blood, more than triple the le­gal driv­ing limit.

Le­ung said Mun­roe, who had no prior crim­i­nal record, had a po­ten­tial de­fence, but de­cided to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity any­way.

“He is here to­day to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what is an egre­gious mis­take,” Le­ung said.

Be­cause of the charge, Mun­roe lost cus­tody of his son, his job and his home, the lawyer said.

“Mr. Mun­roe has al­ready suf­fered greatly be­cause of this.”

But he said his client has used the event to straighten out his life and he is now re­sid­ing at the Cen­tre of Hope home­less shel­ter.

“Mr. Mun­roe has used this as a wake-up call,” Le­ung said.

RYAN MCLEOD/POST­MEDIA

Denise Lush, wife of Nick Lush, a Cal­gary area man who was found dead af­ter head­ing to a house party west of Cal­gary ap­peared at the sen­tenc­ing for Cody Bauer who is one of two ac­cused on Jan­uary 13 out­side of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Al­berta.

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