Drunk driver to serve time in Sud­bury

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS - TERRY BRIDGE [email protected]­media.com

A se­cond im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tion landed an en­gi­neer in jail.

But Kevin Was­berg, 40, will be per­mit­ted to serve his 45-day sen­tence on week­ends in Sud­bury as op­posed to Strat­ford, where he pleaded guilty, so he can keep his job. While sen­tenc­ing him, On­tario Court Jus­tice Kathryn McKer­lie pointed out it will be a dif­fer­ent out­come if he’s con­victed again.

“If you choose to en­gage in this be­hav­iour into the fu­ture, your sen­tence

will be mea­sured by months, not days, and will be served in straight time,” she said.

Was­berg was con­victed of im­paired driv­ing in Guelph nearly a decade ago.

“That con­vic­tion was meant to de­ter you, to stop you specif­i­cally from en­gag­ing in this self­ish, crim­i­nal be­hav­iour — it didn’t,” McKer­lie said.

The court heard Was­berg owns prop­erty in Palmer­ston — he used to live there with his ex-wife — and was emp­ty­ing out the house on a Fri­day in mid-Oc­to­ber.

“Ini­tially, he hadn’t been ex­pect­ing to go any­where. He con­sumed to ex­cess and then made the de­ci­sion to drive to Lis­towel,” de­fence lawyer Henry Van Drunen said.

The court heard Was­berg was speeding when he came up be­hind an­other ve­hi­cle and veered into the ditch to avoid a col­li­sion. Crown at­tor­ney Mary Pot­ter said Was­berg is “very for­tu­nate” no one else was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

“I’m sure he’ll be re­flect­ing on that as he’s serv­ing his sen­tence in jail,” she said.

The judge also took is­sue with

the tim­ing of the in­ci­dent - around 7 p.m.

“A time when many fam­i­lies are out and about on the road go­ing to lessons and sports ac­tiv­i­ties and things like that, and you were jeop­ar­diz­ing those peo­ple with your self­ish be­hav­iour,” McKer­lie said.

Both lawyers agreed on the 45-day term, with Van Drunen not­ing a jail sen­tence was manda­tory. Was­berg, who pleaded guilty a week be­fore Christ­mas, also lost his li­cence for two years and will be on pro­ba­tion for 18 months.

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