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Drunk driver gets jail in crash that put family at risk

It was a close call, but a family man managed to avoid having his family involved in a crash caused by a drunk driver.

The man hit the brakes of his van to avoid a falling light standard knocked down by the impaired driver’s vehicle.

“The light standard, which fell, nearly struck his vehicle containing his family,” Crown attorney Marnie Evans told Brandon provincial court on Thursday.

In the mid-afternoon of July 26, Colton Darnell Tacan was the driver of a vehicle that drifted sideways and hit a hydro pole on the 1700-block of Stickney Avenue.

The pole’s live wires fell to the ground and a falling light standard, which had been connected to the pole, narrowly missed the van that carried a family.

Tacan was pinned against the wheel of the vehicle he was driving, and was removed using the jaws of life. He was taken to hospital with fractures to his pelvis and ribs.

Tacan smelled heavily of liquor, but the blood tests that were taken haven’t been processed so the level of alcohol in Tacan’s blood at the time of the crash isn’t known.

He also didn’t have a valid driver’s licence at the time.

Two other passengers from the crashed vehicle were also taken to hospital with what appear to have been minor injuries.

Tacan pleaded guilty on Thursday to impaired driving and driving without liability insurance under the Highway Traffic Act.

Defence lawyer Philip Sieklicki said the vehicle his client was driving wasn’t his. Sieklicki said Tacan believed the vehicle may have had brake problems but acknowledges his impairment may have played a role in the crash.

Tacan received 45 days in jail on the impaired driving charge, minus 19 days he has served in pre-sentence custody, plus a two year driving ban. He was fined $200 for the lack of insurance.

He was also sentenced for a couple of previous breaches of his probation order, and previous counts of failing to attend court a couple of times.

He received another 15 consecutive days in jail on one of the counts of failing to attend court, and was fined $900 for his other remaining offences.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 15, 2014

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