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Dangerous driving leads to jail sentence

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Maple Creek

Sean McIntosh
Twitter: @SeanMCNews

A Winnipeg man will be serving 90 days in jail after a dangerous driving incident near Maple Creek.

Daniel Gerardy, 40, was handed his 90-day sentence in Maple Creek Provincial Court April 13, a day after the incident on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Gerardy pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon, dangerous driving and impaired driving after driving his vehicle into another vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway just before 11 a.m.

Gerardy was said to have intentionally rammed his vehicle into another vehicle travelling west on the highway before erratically driving away, Maple Creek RCMP Sgt. John Phipps said.

The driver of the other vehicle wasn’t injured in the incident, according to Phipps.

The vehicle was considered the weapon in his assault charge, Phipps said.

“Because the collision was intentional, it was not considered an accident,” Phipps said.

Shortly after, Maple Creek RCMP located the vehicle travelling along the highway. Police pulled over the vehicle and arrested the man just after 11 a.m. After his arrest, Gerardy was kept in custody until his court appearance at 10 a.m. the following day.

At the hearing Gerardy was sentenced to 90 days, minus the one spent in Maple Creek RCMP custody.

Gerardy told the judge he was on crystal meth when the crime occurred and that he was paranoid the person he rammed with his vehicle was after him.

“I can’t confirm that,” Phipps said. “I’m not going to deny it, but we have no evidence he was on crystal meth other than his statement in court.”

In addition to his jail sentence, Gerardy will have a two-year driving prohibition and will participate in an addiction treatment program.

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