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Winnipeg-area man pleads guilty to drunk driving crash

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A Winnipeg-area man has pleaded guilty to a drunk driving crash that injured a three-month-old baby.

Andrew Sanchez was arrested in September 2009 after he smashed into the back of a Toyota Corolla while driving down Hwy. 59 near Ile des Chenes in his Austin Mini Cooper.

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Sanchez was travelling well in excess of the speed limit and had nearly double the legal blood alcohol limit at the time, court heard Monday.

A family of three had slowed for a pack of deer crossing the road when they were hit from behind. The three-month-old infant passenger suffered serious injuries including brain hemorrhaging which required hospitalization for a week. The boy’s mother and father suffered minor injuries.

RCMP found there were no attempts to brake. Sanchez was also hurt as his head struck his own windshield, leaving a visible impression, court was told.

Sanchez was set to go on trial in 2011 but didn’t show up, further delaying the legal process. He was only re-arrested last year on a warrant and appeared Monday where he admitted to a charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm and failing to appear in court.

The judge has now ordered a pre-sentence report to study Sanchez’s background. He will be sentenced on Apr. 28. Sanchez remains free on bail.

www.mikeoncrime.com

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