The man who was drunk when he crashed a car in New Sudbury the morning of Nov. 1 wasn’t hurt, nor was his passenger.
But the leased car Steven Depatie was driving was totalled.
On Wednesday, Depatie, 26, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to impaired driving.
As a result, he will spend 60 days in jail on weekends and had his licence suspended for one year.
“Ever since the accident, not a day goes by I am grateful and happy no one was injured,” Depatie told Judge Normand Glaude. “It was my stupidity.”
The court heard Greater Sudbury Police officers checking out a report of a single-vehicle crash on the west side of Lasalle Boulevard about 2:20 a.m. Nov. 1, found a Buick Allure heavily damaged, but the two occupants, driver Depatie and a male passenger, unhurt.
Since Depatie was showing signs of alcohol consumption, he failed a Roadside breath test and later produced Intoxilyzer readings of 180 and 170, both more than double the legal limit of 80 while driving.
Depatie had a prior conviction of dangerous driving a few years ago and was fined $1,200.
Defence lawyer John Recoskie told the court Depatie is working full-time, but recently separated from his common-law partner and is paying support for his three children.
Assistant Crown attorney Kevin Ludgate said the Intoxilyzer readings Depatie produced were very high.
“His licence is going to be suspended, nonetheless (by the province), likely for three years as a result of this,” said Ludgate.
Source: The Sudbury Star