May 29, 2015


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Winnipeg-area man pleads guilty to drunk driving crash

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.

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.

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