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Calgary man faces drunk driving charges

A 39-year-old man is facing a litany of charges pertaining to a fatal accident back in July. Calgary officials arrested the man following the deadly car accident on July 2. He now faces drunk driving charges, to which he has reportedly pleaded not guilty. 

According to the accident report from the day of the crash, the single-vehicle accident occurred in the early morning on Memorial Drive. The vehicle operated by the man struck the median, causing the car to roll and crash into a tree. One passenger, a 30-year-old woman, was killed in the crash. A 32-year-old female passenger suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital. 

The driver walked away with only minor injuries, despite the fact that police believe his vehicle was travelling in excess of 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. It appears the man was not detained until August, when police issued warrants for his arrest. He was next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 23. 

Drunk driving charges are sometimes difficult to obtain convictions for, as a substantial amount of evidence is required by the Crown to prosecute such charges successfully. In this situation, it is not clear whether Calgary police obtained a breath or blood test at the site of the accident. If this is the case, the burden of the prosecution to prove the man was drunk at the time of the crash will be more difficult to sustain. A convincing defense argument could result in the charges being decreased or even dropped altogether. 

Source: Global News, "Calgary man accused in deadly drunk driving crash pleads not guilty", Tracy Nagai, Feb. 22, 2017

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