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Man convicted of drunk driving in Henderson pile-up

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A man who was driving a van on Henderson Highway that caused a four vehicle pile-up in March 2010 was convicted this morning of three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Randolph Millinchuk will be sentenced in the fall, following the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Millinchuk, now 56, was driving a camper van south on Henderson Highway on the night of March 6, 2010, when he drove into a car stopped at a red light at Whellams Lane. The force of the collision pushed the car into the vehicle stopped in front of it, which in turn did the same.

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.

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. The limit for driving in Manitoba is 0.05.

Millinchuk's defence counsel, Mark Wasyliw, challenged the charges, arguing the injuries suffered by the others were caused not by the crash but when they forced their way out of the vehicles.

Wasyliw also suggested that Millinchuk's blood samples could have been tampered with on the grounds that the prosecution could not state who had handled the samples.

Justice Shawn Greenberg rejected both arguments and said she was satisfied Millinchuk was guilty of all charges.

Witnesses had testified that Millinchuk was so drunk at the scene he could not stand up, couldn't keep his eyes open, smelled strongly of alcohol and he slurred his speech.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

History

Updated on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM CDT: Tweaks paragraph on blood-alcohol reading.

4:39 PM: Adds more detail on crash.

June 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM: adds full name of defence counsel Mark Wasyliw

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