Drunk driver gets 12 months for injuring couple

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Glen Johnson prohibited from driving for three years

A man whose decision to drink and drive on Boxing Day last year which left two other people injured, has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Glen Chesley Johnson, seen here in a file photo taken in September at St. John’s provincial court, was sentenced to 12 months in jail Tuesday afternoon for crashing into another vehicle while driving drunk on Boxing Day last year and injuring two people. — Telegram file photo

Glen Chesley Johnson, 42, left Courtroom 4 in St. John’s provincial court on crutches escorted by a sheriff’s officer.

He was driving on the wrong side of Pitts Memorial Drive near the Ruth Avenue exit into Mount Pearl on the night of Dec. 26, 2012, heading west in the eastbound lane of a divided highway.

A woman driving another vehicle tried to swerve to avoid Johnson, but his vehicle struck the rear end of her vehicle.

Johnson initially told police it was not his fault and that the other vehicle had in fact hit his own. Johnson then reportedly became distraught and swung his fists at an officer. His blood-alcohol level at the time was more than twice the legal limit.

Judge Lois Skanes handed down concurrent 12-month sentences for Johnson’s two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. He also received two 30-day concurrent sentences for assaulting an officer and driving while disqualified.

The woman and her boyfriend, who was in the vehicle with her at the time of the accident, both suffered back and neck injuries requiring therapy.

This was Johnson’s third incident involving impaired driving-related charges. He was convicted of impaired driving in 2003 and was convicted last year for refusing the breathalyzer.

 Johnson was prohibited from driving as a result of the latter conviction.

Skanes said Johnson appeared remorseful and was seeking help to deal with his alcohol abuse. However, she also pointed out his previous convictions, the extreme nature of his intoxication and the consequences of his actions.

“This is a serious matter,” she said.

The 12-month jail sentence was at the high end of what Crown prosecutor Lynn Moore recommended. She suggested a jail term somewhere between nine and 12 months would have been acceptable. Johnson’s lawyer, Scott Hurley, recommended a sentence of six to eight months in jail.

Johnson apologized to the court during his previous appearance last month, and he remained emotional during Tuesday’s appearance.

He could be seen wiping his eyes and keeping his hands close to his face as he waited for Skanes to enter the courtroom and announce her decision.


Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Geographic location: Ruth Avenue, Mount Pearl

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  • Anonymous
    October 02, 2013 - 09:18

    A 42 year old gets charged with impaired driving 3 times in his lifetime and only gets 12 months in jail? Really? And this is supposed to be the high end of what was recommended! This is exactly why people are KILLED by drunk drivers every day. We live in a consequence free world here. 12 months is hardly a severe enough punishment for this offense. Getting into a vehicle after having ANY amount of alcohol is the same as pointing a loaded gun at someones head. You get in a vehicle impaired and you're intending to inflict harm on someone. Simple as that. A 42 year old man crying and begging for mercy is just plain pathetic bud, sorry. Your time for making those kinds of mistakes has passed.