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Mom loses licence for three years after drunk driving spree

A woman who miraculously survived after flipping her car on Canada?s busiest highway while severely intoxicated was spared a jail sentence Wednesday.
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A woman who miraculously survived after flipping her car on Canada?s busiest highway while severely intoxicated was spared a jail sentence Wednesday.

Instead of imposing a 30-day jail sentence recommended by the Crown, Justice Guy Mahaffy sentenced Joyce Gadabushie, 37, to pay a $600 fine and suspended her driver?s licence for three years.

Gadabushie was almost killed and had to spend six months in hospital recovering from life-threatening injuries. Considering she has not touched a drop of alcohol since the incident last May and is a caring and loving mother to her two young children, Mahaffy said a jail sentence was not called for.

Court heard Gadabushie and her sister-in-law were consuming alcohol before they jumped in a car and headed for a trip to Sarnia. They continued to consume vodka and orange juice in the vehicle.

Travelling at a very high rate of speed on Highway 400 near Barrie, Gadabushie lost control of the vehicle.

Gadabushie?s sister-in-law sustained only minor injuries as a result of the accident.



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