Jail sentence imposed for impaired driving causing bodily harm

Cory Hurley
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CORNER BROOK — A Corner Brook man, who was “grossly intoxicated” when he injured a woman when he rear-ended her vehicle a year ago, was handed a jail sentence Wednesday.

Donald Claude Anstey, 33, blew readings of 320 and 350 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood — four times the legal limit — shortly after 10 on the morning he crashed into a woman stopped to enter her driveway on a city street. He was further distracted because he was using his cellphone prior to the accident.

Crown attorney Lori St. Croix and defence lawyer Scott Burden submitted a joint recommendation of a 90-day intermittent jail sentence to provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman.

Gorman accepted the joint submission and lectured Anstey on the seriousness of his crime, saying it was only a matter of luck he didn’t kill somebody.

The back injury suffered by the victim, a complication of a pre-existing injury, has left her life forever changed, according to the judge.

Anstey will serve his jail time from Friday to Monday each week. He is not permitted to drive for 18 months and was given probation for two years. A condition of his probation is he continue to receive counselling and treatment for what was described as a severe problem and dependency to alcohol.

He was not subjected to a prohibition from licenced liquor establishments or events to allow him to keep working in the industry. He was also not placed under an alcohol prohibition.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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  • Karma
    January 29, 2013 - 20:45

    The guy is a complete drunk, lowlife, and will drag down anyone around him. Just some advice to anyone around/involved with this type of person, stay far away. This guy was still driving and getting drunk at bars up until he started his weekends. Think he learned his lesson???

  • Ms.Sober
    January 26, 2013 - 21:33

    LOSER!!!!! He's nothing but a loser! And those who support him are losers too!

    • Cbmale
      January 29, 2013 - 20:53

      Hopefully this lowlife don't drag down the owner of a very successfull buisness on West Street. The young lady worked hard, to lose it all for some alcoholic bottom feeder.

  • jon
    January 24, 2013 - 21:27

    Boycott his bar if you want to prove a point! Its on broadway and rhymes with bennifers/ jarroom.

    • Mr Corner Brook
      January 25, 2013 - 19:21

      Actually its not his bar, its his mothers. He works there.

  • Citizen
    January 24, 2013 - 19:32

    This is his second conviction for impaired driving. Scary.

  • Mr Corner Brook
    January 24, 2013 - 17:05

    Not nearly a severe enough sentence. He lawyered up and got off light. Unfortunately, his next victim will pay the price if he does it again! At least needs a prohibition from consuming alcohol, especially considering he works for an establishment which serves alcohol.The judge messed up!

  • david
    January 24, 2013 - 11:24

    Drunk driving...a Newfoundland pasttime. Sickening, absolutely sickening. And it will ever be thus.....we are simply unevolved, anti-social riff raff.

    • Citizen
      January 25, 2013 - 15:25

      I have lived in other parts of the world and, unfortunately, we are not the only people who have problems with drunk driving. Ontario has very high numbers, for example. As for being "riff raff", I know many highly evolved, intelligent, well-educated and very cultured Newfoundlanders. Do not stereotype; it is ignorant in the true sense of that word.

    • david
      January 28, 2013 - 08:13

      I stand by my post. Your post says we are not the only place, and that there are some Newfoundlanders who aren't drunk drivers.....compelling.

  • cornerbrook
    January 24, 2013 - 10:13

    WOW! 10:00 am on a weekday and he is still drunk. He could have killed that lady. And this guy has a bar. lol.

  • Citizen
    January 24, 2013 - 08:16

    When will people get it? If you drink, you do not drive!!!! Very simple! It is a matter of pure luck that his victim did not suffer greater injury or death. Drinking and driving is a selfish, immature, and criminal act.