A Bracebridge driver who admitted to taking drugs before crashing a truck on Manitoba Street was in court recently to account for his actions.
Jacob Dewasha, 27, pled guilty in a Bracebridge courtroom to dangerous driving, stemming from an incident on Sept. 16., 2020.
On that day Bracebridge OPP was dispatched at 6:30 a.m. to a collision on Manitoba Street. When they arrived police found a pick-up truck with severe front-end damage. The driver, Dewasha, appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, court heard. When asked what had happened, Dewasha replied, “ I don’t know, I’m tripping out man,” the court heard.
Dewasha was arrested for impaired driving but blew under the legal limit for alcohol at the police station. After being transported to the hospital to check his blood for drugs, Dewasha refused to leave the cruiser claiming his legs no longer worked.
A joint submission was put forward for a conditional discharge and six-months probation but the judge initially balked at the proposal.
“How is this not against the public interest?” asked Justice Robert Gattrell.
Crown Lindsay Jeanes said the move was part of a larger effort to address the backlog of criminal cases caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I have some difficulty with treating it so lightly but because of the backlog I will,” said Gattrell.
In the end, he sentenced Dewasha to 12 months probation along with a one-year driving ban.
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