A Bracebridge woman narrowly avoided time behind bars stemming from an impaired accident that left one passenger with a broken femur and another with fractured vertebrae.
Earlier this week in a Bracebridge courtroom, Brenley Wilson, 25, was sentenced to an 18-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty in October 2022 to impaired driving causing bodily harm. The sentence will consist of 12 months of house arrest followed by six months under curfew and probation.
Court heard that on Nov. 20, 2020 at roughly 3 am police received a 911 hang-up call which was tracked to a location on Nicholls Road in Bracebridge. Before the caller hung up the dispatcher heard screaming in the background and the Bracebridge OPP were sent to the area.
The police found a vehicle in a ditch at the bottom of a hill, and located people both outside the vehicle and inside, where a woman was screaming.
Court heard that paramedics attended to two people at the scene and transported them to the hospital. One of the victims sustained a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae, while the other sustained a broken femur.
Court heard that police had actually stopped the driver, Wilson, on their way to the accident but at the time she indicated she had no involvement. However, Wilson later returned to the scene a short time later in the backseat of another car and apologized to the police.
Court heard that her speech was slurred and some of her teeth were missing. Wilson was arrested for impaired driving and ultimately blew readings of 109 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
The Crown had argued that Wilson should be sentenced to 15 months in jail, but the defense countered that she should receive 90 days of house arrest. He said Wilson has no criminal record and is extremely remorseful for what happened.
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