A first-time drunk driver has been fined for running a red light and causing a crash at one of the city’s busiest intersections.
“We’re lucky today that we’re just dealing with impaired driving and that someone wasn’t seriously hurt,” Judge John Combs said during sentencing in Brandon court on Monday.
J. Jesus Peralta Martinez, who goes by Eros Peralta Martinez, pleaded guilty to driving with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
He also admitted to driving without a licence and failing to remain at the scene of an accident to exchange information.
The crash happened on July 8 at 2 a.m. at the corner of 26th Street and Victoria Avenue.
Peralta Martinez was driving west along the avenue when he ran a red light and his Jeep was hit by a southbound vehicle.
No one in the other vehicle was hurt, but Peralta Martinez sustained minor injuries.
Despite those injuries, Peralta Martinez fled the crash scene and was arrested on the 2400-block of Lorne Avenue.
He had almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system and didn’t have a valid licence.
Defence lawyer Jonathan Richert said that his 39-year-old client is originally from Mexico.
He’d been drinking at a dinner party when he grew depressed about immigration problems and his young son who remains in Mexico.
Peralta Martinez had unwisely taken a drive to clear his head when he was involved in the crash, Richert said.
For the impaired driving charge, Combs fined Peralta Martinez $2,500 and banned him from driving for two years. He was fined a further total of $600 for driving without a licence and for failing to remain at the crash to exchange particulars.
Peralta Martinez also received a three-month conditional discharge for failing to get his fingerprints taken following release on his charges.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 6, 2012