Impaired driver sentenced

A Whitehorse man will spend eight months behind bars for his part in a 2009 car crash that left one of his passengers confined to a wheelchair. Michael Schmidt, 30, was convicted of two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm last month.

A Whitehorse man will spend eight months behind bars for his part in a 2009 car crash that left one of his passengers confined to a wheelchair.

Michael Schmidt, 30, was convicted of two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm last month.

Schmidt admitted that he had been drinking the day of the crash. He shared a pitcher of beer with his passengers, Jessica Frotten and Michael Sanderson, before they left for Haines Junction.

In his 17-page decision, Yukon Supreme Court Justice Ron Veale said Schmidt seemed genuinely remorseful for his actions but he was “troubled” by his “unwillingness to take full responsibility for his conduct in driving while impaired.”

Schmidt will not be allowed to drive for three years. (Josh Kerr)