December 5th, 2020

Woman fined for drug-impaired driving turning her life around


By Shurtz, Delon on November 5, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A woman who was fined for driving while impaired by drugs has turned her life around and is now a role model for others, a judge was told Monday.

Lethbridge lawyer Wade Hlady explained Monday in Lethbridge provincial court that his client, Kristen Hazel Minyard, became addicted to drugs by her former boyfriend, and remained addicted for two years until they broke up in 2018.

Hlady said Minyard, who has suffered from depression since she was 13, has been clean since April of last year and is now enrolled in university and is a role model for others struggling to overcome addictions.

Minyard was using drugs at the former supervised consumption site in January 2019, then climbed into a vehicle and drove away. She was stopped by police, who found her in possession of methamphetamine. A subsequent urine analysis also revealed she had been consuming cocaine.

Minyard, who court was told does not have a criminal record, was fined $1,000 and prohibited from driving for one year. She was also congratulated for her efforts to stay drug free.

“You deserve credit for the steps you’ve taken,” Judge Jerry LeGrandeur told her.

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