Completely drunk at the wheel, he ruins the life of an elder

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Completely drunk at the wheel, he is ruining the life of an elder

The driver had a blood alcohol level four times the blood alcohol limit.

A previously healthy and independent 73-year-old woman had her life turned upside down after being hit by a driver with four times the legal blood alcohol limit.

Anthony Cloutier Lamarre was behind the wheel, even though he didn't have a driver's license. He used his mother's car without her permission.

The 31-year-old man no longer had a license because he had chosen not to not get it back after being first convicted of impaired driving in 2012.

The Quebec City resident received a 15-month prison sentence last week for causing injury while driving with near-fatal alcohol content.

On March 27, 2020, at lunchtime, he hit the 73-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Marc-Simoneau arena, in Beauport.

He himself dialed 911 to alert the emergency services. While the paramedics took care of the lady, the police arrested Cloutier Lamarre.

He had a blood alcohol level of 0.33 milligrams at the time, four times the legal limit of 0.08.

According to the website of the Éduc'alcool organization, a blood alcohol level of more than 0.300 is considered severe intoxication.

A blood alcohol level of more than 0.400 can lead to a coma or even death, according to the same source.

The woman suffered significant psychological and physical injuries, losing her autonomy after suffering a broken ankle.

The septuagenarian stayed for five months at the ;Rehabilitation institute for physical deficiency of Quebec. All this time, she lived in fear of not being able to walk.

If the victim has regained the use of her foot and ankle, she remains fearful and moves only with a walker.

“She lost her happiness and now lives in a state of sadness. »

— Christian Boulet, judge of the Court of Quebec

Her loss of autonomy forced her to leave her apartment to settle down in a residence for the elderly, which costs him three times as much.

The victim had difficulty adjusting to his new reality, living with suicidal thoughts for a month after moving into residence.

As part of sentencing submissions, Anthony Cloutier Lamarre said he started drinking around the age of 9 or 10 in the presence of his father.

It's towards the At the age of 12 his drinking became more frequent, always under the blessing of his father.

He underwent therapy in 2016 which he has not completed.

The following year, he grieved after his father's death from an overdose of alcohol and drugs, which occurred after an evening of drinking between the two men.

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Since he hit the septuagenarian, Cloutier Lamarre has changed his way of life.

He has successfully undergone therapy and is is taken in hand, notes the judge Christian Boulet.

The prosecution claimed two years less a day of imprisonment against the driver, while the defense proposed a sentence of four months.

Judge Boulet finally imposed 15 months of detention, but crediting Cloutier Lamarre with the approximately 6 months during which he stayed in closed therapy to treat his addiction.

More of the prison sentence, Anthony Cloutier Lamarre is banned from driving for four years.

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