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Guilty for 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 Highway 59 near Île-des-Chênes in his Austin Mini Cooper.

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Sanchez was travelling 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 infant suffered serious injuries including brain hemorrhaging that required hospitalization for a week. The boy's mother and father suffered minor injuries.

RCMP found there was no attempt to brake. Sanchez was also hurt as his head struck his 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 rearrested last year and appeared Monday where he admitted to a charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm and failing to appear in court.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report to study Sanchez's background. He will be sentenced April 28. Sanchez remains free on bail.

-- Mike McIntyre

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 7, 2014 A4

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Updated on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM CST: Corrects spelling of Île-des-Chênes.

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