Thompson charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm

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Mark Thompson is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook in this undated file photo.

CORNER BROOK — The man who was driving a car that crashed on the Trans-Canada Highway last spring, injuring him and a female passenger, has been charged with three offences — including drunk driving.

The charges against Mark Jeffrey Thompson, 20, were sworn at provincial court in October but were only called before a judge for the first time Tuesday morning.

The charges include impaired operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, impaired operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm by exceeding 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood and dangerous operation of vehicle causing bodily harm.

The accident happened just after midnight last April 25. Information sworn at court alleges Thompson was drunk behind the wheel of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier that crashed in the eastbound lane near Little Rapids that night.

According to the RCMP at the time, the four-door car rolled several times and had parts scattered across to the westbound lane. The highway was closed down at around 1 a.m. and was still down to just one lane of traffic by 9 a.m. the following morning.

Police at the time reported that a female from Massey Drive, who had been a passenger in the car, was seriously hurt and had to be flown to St. John’s for surgery. The man who was driving the car, said the RCMP, had been taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook for injuries not deemed life-threatening.

Thompson was not present in court when the charges were called before Judge Catherine Allen-Westby Tuesday morning. His lawyer, Robby Ash, asked that the matter be set over until March 18.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, RCMP, Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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