By Shurtz, Delon on June 18, 2020.
Driving on the wrong side of the road, with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, has earned a Lethbridge man a hefty fine.
Aidan Quinn Gomany was fined nearly $3,000 after he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of impaired driving.
Gomany, 20, was southbound on the wrong side of University Drive West about 9 p.m. March 31, when he collided with another vehicle. Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles told court although there weren’t any injuries, the incident is particularly aggravating because Gomany’s blood-alcohol content was 210 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. In Canada, the legal limit for fully licensed drivers is under 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
Lethbridge lawyer Harold Moodie agreed with the amount of the fine, and noted Gomany did not have a criminal record before Tuesday’s conviction for driving with an illegal blood-alcohol level. Moodie also told court his client is a “very capable individual,” and hasn’t consumed alcohol since the accident more than two months ago.
“He’s unlikely to commit an offence like this in the future,” Moodie said.
Gomany was fined $2,500 for the offence – $500 of which the Crown recommended because of the collision – and a $375 victim fine surcharge.
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