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Posted: 03/10/2014 12:03 PM | Comments: 0
The Crown is seeking a three-year prison sentence for a chronic drunk driver whose latest crime involved causing a major pile-up and seriously injuring three motorists.
Randolph Millinchuk, 57, now has five impaired driving convictions on his record dating back to 1977, court heard today. The Crown argued he has a "grave lack of insight" into his criminal behavior and poses an extreme danger to everyone on the road. They have also requested an eight-year driving ban.
In this most recent case, Millinchuk was behind the wheel of a large camper van with a blood-alcohol reading that may have been nearly five times the legal limit. Millinchuk had just left a Henderson Highway bar in March 2010 when he failed to see a car stopped at a red light on Whellams Lane and drove straight into the back of it.
The force of the collision pushed the car into the vehicle stopped in front of it, which in turn crashed into the vehicle stopped in front of it. Three people in the other vehicles were taken to hospital for their injuries. One of the injured people, a firefighter, was forced to retire from his job because of lingering back spasms.
The victims all presented impact statements at Millinchuk’s sentencing hearing this morning.
Millinchuk was taken to hospital for a blood sample, which produced a blood-alcohol level of .288 several hours after the accident. A lab analysis report stated that would have meant his reading at the time of the accident would have been .315 to .382.
Witnesses had testified Millinchuk was so drunk at the scene he could not stand up, he slid out of his van "like Jell-O," couldn't keep his eyes open, smelled strongly of alcohol and slurred his speech.
Millinchuk is seeking a short period of custody. His lawyer, Mark Wasyliw, argued today the injuries he caused are on the "low-end" of the scale and that his client has managed to stay out of trouble in the four years since the crash while out on bail.
A sentencing decision will be handed down on May 9.
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