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Drunk driver gets year in jail

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A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to one year in jail for a drunk driving crash which seriously injured two young brothers who had just moved to Canada from Nepal.

Hubert Butt, 32, pleaded guilty to the March 2011 incident which saw him get behind the wheel after a day, and evening, of drinking. Butt was upset upon learning of the death of his grandmother, court was told.

He began swerving all over the road, often at high speeds, and struck a vehicle which was stopped at a red light. Butt then turned the wrong way down a one-way downtown street and ran over the two young men who were crossing. He then proceeded to smash into a light standard.

"The harm this offender caused is remarkable," provincial court Judge Rocky Pollack said Tuesday.

Two police officers in the area of Isabel Street and Bannatyne Avenue witnessed the final stages of the rampage. Both victims, aged 24 and 25, suffered extensive trauma after being hit. They include several broken bones which required nearly a week in hospital and impacted their ability to find work in their new homeland.

"To this day (Butt) doesn’t remember colliding with them and sending them 50 feet through the air," said Pollack.

Butt began fighting with police and paramedics at the scene and had to be repeatedly restrained, court was told. A warrant was obtained for his blood which showed him having nearly triple the legal alcohol limit in his system.

Butt has no prior criminal history. The Crown was seeking an 18-month jail sentence, while his lawyer was seeking a 90-day penalty to be served intermittently on weekends.

www.mikeoncrime.com

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