Leaving collision scene results in jail time

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE – A Tignish man was sentenced to 18 days in jail for leaving the scene of a two-vehicle collision in which both drivers were alleged to be impaired.

Prince County Courthouse.

Gary Joseph Handrahan, 57, pleaded guilty Thursday in Summerside provincial court to single counts of impaired driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police responded to the collision scene on Aug. 26, and discovered an all-terrain vehicle flipped over with extensive damage. The second vehicle was no longer at the scene.

According to statements, the ATV rear-ended a pickup truck that had just backed out of a residential driveway.

The driver of the ATV required surgery to repair the tendons in his hand, and also suffered a broken rib as a result of the incident.

While crews were cleaning up the scene, Handrahan approached an RCMP member and said, “Excuse me officer, I’m the guy he hit.”

Police noted that Handrahan seemed to be impaired. He said he was shaken by the collision and went home to drink.

A subsequent blood test, however, determined Handrahan blood-alcohol content would have been no less than 100 at the time of the collision, which is more than the legal limit of 80.

The Crown said the driver of the ATV will also appear in court at a later date to answer to charges of impaired driving in relation to this incident.

Handrahan had no prior criminal record.

He will serve the 18 days in jail on weekends, was fined $1,000 and will be suspended from driving for one year.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Summerside

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