Jail time for driver who led po­lice on drunken chase

James Her­me­lyn sen­tenced to eight months for wrong-way pur­suit in Peter­bor­ough

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - TODD VANDONK

Jus­tice Robert Beniger has sen­tenced a 23-year-old man to jail for driv­ing drunk in a po­lice chase that ended in a T-bone crash at a busy in­ter­sec­tion in Peter­bor­ough.

At around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2018, city po­lice ob­served James Her­me­lyn make a U-turn while driv­ing a white Mercedes SUV on Ge­orge Street and travel in the wrong di­rec­tion on the one-way street.

The pur­suit ended at the cor­ner of Wa­ter Street and Parkhill Road West when Her­me­lyn ran a red light and T-boned an­other ve­hi­cle, re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous in­juries for the 55-year-old driver.

The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit has since cleared the city po­lice of­fi­cer in­volved in the pur­suit. Ac­cord­ing to the SIU, while some as­pects of pur­suit were con­cern­ing, the to­tal­ity of the ev­i­dence didn’t meet the thresh­old re­quired to charge the of­fi­cer with dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm.

SIU doc­u­ments say Her­me­lyn was trav­el­ling over dou­ble the speed limit and didn’t stop when the of­fi­cer ac­ti­vated emer­gency lights and sirens.

After the car chase came to an end with the SUV com­ing to a stop in the Sub­way and 2 for 1 Pizza park­ing lot, Her­me­lyn ex­ited the SUV and fled from the po­lice on foot. Of­fi­cers chased Her­me­lyn for two blocks be­fore ap­pre­hend­ing him.

He was charged with im­paired driv­ing, driv­ing with more than 80 mg of al­co­hol in 100 mL of blood, fail­ing to stop for po­lice, dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm and fail­ing to stop at an ac­ci­dent. Her­me­lyn then pleaded guilty to driv­ing with more than 80 mg of al­co­hol in 100 mL of blood and fail­ing to stop at a col­li­sion.

On Aug. 8, Jus­tice Beninger sen­tenced him to six months in jail for the over 80 charge and an­other two months for fail­ing to stop at a col­li­sion.

He was also handed 12 months of pro­ba­tion.

HARRISON PERKINS PHOTO

The driver of the white SUV (at right) in­volved in this crash after a po­lice pur­suit on Jan. 13, 2018, has been sen­tenced to eight months in jail.

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