Thunder Bay – Chronicle Journal Publisher Pleads Guilty To Drinking And Driving Charge

Newspaper publisher pleads guilty to drinking and driving charge

A Thunder Bay man will be subject to six months of house arrest and a three-year driving ban for drinking and subsequent erratic, high-speed driving which forced two heavy trucks off the road.

Clint Harris, The Chronicle-Journal’s publisher who has been on leave since the August 2018 incident, was sentenced in a Thunder Bay courtroom to on Friday after pleading guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of more than 80 milligrams.

Ontario Court Justice Gary Kunnas accepted the joint sentencing submission from Crown prosecutor Emily Delaney and defence lawyer Gil Labine for a six-month conditional sentence, 12-month probationary order, three-year driving prohibition and a $1,500 fine.

According to an agreed statement of facts read into court, Harris was driving his black Mercedes sedan east on West Arthur Street on the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2018. With an off-duty police officer following, Harris was observed driving at a high rate of speed and was swerving into oncoming traffic.

Harris went into oncoming lanes to pass other vehicles, including as far as the opposite shoulder. His driving forcing two westbound dump trucks to veer off the roadway and another vehicle to slam the brakes to avoid a collision. He also struck a metal sign on the Arthur Street centre meridian in front of the Valhalla Inn.

The off-duty officer later arrested Harris near the Arthur Street and Mountdale Avenue intersection.

Testing done at the Thunder Bay Police Service station following the arrest determined Harris was more than two times over the legal blood-alcohol limit. – Tbnewswatch

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a six-month conditional sentence, 12-month probationary order, three-year driving prohibition and a $1,500 fine.

Not enough. Once you see what the man did while driving under the influence and think what almost happened, there should have been jail time PLUS a minimum five year driving ban. Not sure what the fine accomplishes.  He has the cash.

The are innocent people killed by drunk drivers all the time.  I believe getting behind the wheel while impaired is tantamount to attempting murder and should be treated as such.

Any driver who injures or kills someone while driving under the influence should be charged with at second degree murder.  I’m sick of these lax laws.

Delaney withdrew charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, failure to remain at the scene and operating a motor vehicle with no insurance that had been initially laid.

Why? Was he impaired?  Its a yes or no answer. Did he fail to remain at the scene?  Its a yes or no answer. Did he not have insurance.  Its a yes or no answer.   If the answer was no to any of these questions, then why was he originally charged?   If the answer to any of these questions was yes, then why were the charges dropped?   This smells…a lot.

 

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3 Responses

  1. Dan Zupansky
    Dan Zupansky at | | Reply

    Everyone should ask the same question. Was he guilty of those charges and if so why were the charges dropped? This is an example of how the courts work for those that pay the right lawyers in Thunder Bay and how the media gives breaks to some by avoiding revealing information important to understanding a criminal case. Now Harris can get back to managing the fine journalistic traditions at The Chronically inept Journal .

  2. Jake Gittes
    Jake Gittes at | | Reply

    The C – J itself calls him a “well known resident”…and no mention as to why he is well known in the first part of the article…”shaped news”

    http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/local/harris-pleads-guilty/article_d2e3fb38-791a-11e9-8cf6-4f680dfe9476.html

    I wonder if a similar person and situation at “TBNews” would get the same “anonymous” treatment, with the C – J blaring his job beside his name?

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