Drunk driver to serve time in Sudbury
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.