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Darren Allen Shrumm, Drunk Driving And Doing 200 Km/H, Pleads Guilty

04/11/2013 02:51 EDT | Updated 04/11/2013 02:56 EDT
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A driver already twice convicted for impaired driving admitted to being drunk and driving home at more than 200 kilometres an hour, the Edmonton Journal reports.

Darren Allen Shrumm drank while attending a golf tournament in June of 2009, before getting on Highway 37 near Morinville and violently crashing into, Donovan Benoit, the Journal adds.

Benoit suffered extensive injuries including 10 fractured ribs, a fractured shoulder blade, a displaced fracture to a bone in his skull, a bruised lung, court heard, the Edmonton Sun reports.

Shrumm's blood-alcohol level was reported to be between .224 and .283, approximately three times the legal limit, the Edmonton Sun adds.

Shrumm has been given a three-year driving ban and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 19, according to the Sun.

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Alberta's Reckless Drivers Hangout Here

This is not the first incident of someone in Alberta being charged for speeding over the 200-kilometre mark.

In September of 2012, Calgary police pulled over a man on a motorcycle going almost twice the speed limit on Calgary's Deerfoot Trail.

The driver hit speeds of close to 200-kilometre per hour, before he was pulled over near 17 Ave. S.E.

"All it would have taken was one lane change" and things could have ended horribly for the driver, Duty Inspector Paul Stacey told the Calgary Herald.

Mixing heavy drinking with wheels is still a significant issue, according to the Edmonton Police Service, which said that in January they responded to seven calls where a driver was drunk and sleeping in their car.

In total, police laid 59 impaired charges and handed out eight licence suspensions that month.

One of those incidents saw an Edmonton dad allegedly passed out drunk behind the wheel at an intersection with a baby in the back seat.

Efforts by witnesses to awake the man before police arrived failed, the EPS said.