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A young Sudbury driver who had been drinking when he got into an accident that seriously injured two women on Municipal Road 80 will be sentenced later this year.

Hunter Currie, 21, pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of Justice to two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Currie had been facing a series of other charges, including two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and one count of novice driver with a blood alcohol level above zero.

Defence lawyer Jason Forget ordered a pre-sentence report, so a sentencing date will be set Feb. 7.

The Crown is seeking an 18-month jail term, along with a five-year licence suspension.

When the sentencing hearing is held, the two women injured in the collision are expected to attend. They will be preparing victim impact statements.

Currie was involved in a head-on collision on Municipal Road 80 in McCrae Heights on Nov. 22, 2014.

The court heard that about 4:15 p.m., Currie was driving a northbound 2002 Ford Explorer when he went across the highway, including the centre turn lane, and into the path of a southbound Honda Prelude.

While Currie was not injured, the two women in the Prelude had to be extricated by firefighters. They were taken to hospital by ambulance.

“The injuries were serious and resulted in long-term stays in hospital,” said assistant Crown attorney Julie Lefebvre.

Witnesses pointed out Currie as the driver of the Ford Explorer to investigating police officers. Currie had an odour of alcohol on his breath and there was evidence of drug use inside his vehicle.

Currie was found to have a blood alcohol level of 40 and 35 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. As a notice driver, Currie should have had no alcohol in his system.

A urine sample provided by Currie three hours after the collision was sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis. Testing detected the presence of marijuana, cocaine and fentanyl.

Lefebvre said the forensic expert who testified at the preliminary hearing could not pinpoint when the drugs in question were consumed — either prior to the collision, at the time of the collision, after the collision or prior to driving.

Source: The Sudbury Star