Texting driver gets jail time
A Spaniard’s Bay man who caused an accident by steering his car with his knees while texting has been given a three-month jail term and a three-year driving ban.
David Robert Pottier was sentenced in provincial court in St. John’s Monday, Nov. 14.
The 21-year-old was originally charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, but agreed to plead guilty to dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Pottier was driving at speeds up to 140 kilometres per hour on Veterans Memorial Highway near Shearstown in March 2010 while he was texting and steering the vehicle with his knees.
As a result, the car went off the road. The accident caused two female passengers to each suffer serious injuries, including broken vertebrae.