Tex­ting driver gets jail time

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

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.

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