Guilty plea following Highway 21 injury collision
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of operating a motor vehicle without permission from the owner and operating a motor vehicle while disquali- fied were withdrawn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.