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Driver faces drunk driving charges in Calgary

A wrong-way collision on Deerfoot Trail has sent three women to the hospital, local sources have reported. Calgary police were on the scene in the early morning of March 5 after a man they believe was intoxicated reportedly struck another vehicle. The man is now in custody facing drunk driving charges

According to the detective on the scene, the man in his 20s was reportedly driving the wrong way on Deerfoot Trail when the accident occurred around 5:15 a.m. His car collided with a vehicle headed the other direction and carrying three female passengers. First responders had to extricate the women from the wreckage. A spokesperson from Alberta Health Services said two of the three women, one in her 30s and the other in her 40s, were reported as being in serious condition. 

The third woman, in her mid-20s, suffered injuries initially considered life threatening, but her condition was later upgraded to serious. The driver involved in the crash escaped uninjured, but he was arrested on the scene by police and taken into custody. He now faces three charges, including impaired driving. 

It will be incumbent upon government prosecutors to prove the man was intoxicated at the time of the Calgary crash if a conviction on drunk driving charges is to be secured. In order to do so they will have to first prove that appropriate steps were taken at the scene to verify his allegedly intoxicated state. If no tests were performed on-site or at a hospital (or tests that were done were administered improperly), the accusation of drunk driving might not stand up in court. 

Source: Calgary Herald, "Deerfoot wrong-way head-on collision injures three, driver charged", Gavin Young, March 6, 2017

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