Guilty plea fol­low­ing High­way 21 in­jury col­li­sion

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A Three Hills area man who col­lided with a semi on High­way 21 was sen­tenced to 60 days af­ter plead­ing guilty to driv­ing with a blood-al­co­hol level of over .08. Matt Mi­lan ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Drumheller on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26. His charges stem from a col­li­sion on Oc­to­ber 25 of last year. He was ini­tially charged with caus­ing bod­ily harm to an­other per­son while driv­ing with a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion over the le­gal limit. He main­tained his not guilty plea and in­stead pleaded guilty to op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion over the le­gal limit. Charges of op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out per­mis­sion from the owner and op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while dis­quali- fied were with­drawn

Mi­lan was west­bound in a farm truck on High­way 583 when he pro­ceeded to the in­ter­sec­tion at High­way 21. He ini­tially stopped, but then pro­ceeded into the in­ter­sec­tion col­lid­ing with a south­bound B-train loaded with grain. Mi­lan, along with the two oc­cu­pants of the semi were trans­ported to hospi­tal. Mi­lan’s blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion was more than twice the le­gal limit. The court en­tered vic­tim im­pact state­ments from the two oc­cu­pants of the semi. Mi­lan has a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness and a re­lated record. He makes liv­ing work­ing for a fam­ily ex­ca­vat­ing busi­ness. Judge Grieve agreed with a joint sub­mis­sion from crown and de­fense of a 60-day sen­tence, to be fol­lowed by a three-year driv­ing pro­hi­bi­tion.

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