DUI leads to lawsuit costs
Kamloops man who instigated a police chase on icy roads in 2010 that led to an RCMP SUV plowing through the front door of a North Shore house is on the hook for a chunk of the homeowners’ ensuing expenses, a judge has ruled.
On Dec. 7, 2010, 34-year-old Earl William was driving drunk when a Mountie attempted to pull him over on a North Kamloops road.
Rather than stop, William sped away from police — despite the icy road conditions caused by freezing rain.
One of the officers involved in the chase was a supervising corporal driving an RCMP SUV.
She lost control of her vehicle and it crashed through the front door of a duplex at 978 Jasper Ave.
William was charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving.
He pleaded guilty to both counts a few months later and was fined $1,500, in addition to being handed an 18-month driving ban.
The owners of the half-duplex — Ronald and Carla Sjodin — filed a lawsuit against the attorney general of Canada, the RCMP officer driving the SUV, ICBC and William.
The Sjodins were looking for nearly $18,000, including more than $7,500 for hotels, more than $4,000 for food and about $4,500 for incidentals.
The matter concluded last week when a judge ordered the defendants — including William — to pay $11,815.83 to the Sjodins within 30 days.
The decision does not include a breakdown outlining who is responsible for paying which part of the expenses incurred.
Following the incident, the Sjodins were not allowed back in their house for two months.