Court Hears Driver's Blood Alcohol Did Not Exceed The limit In Fatal Crash

The trial of a 20-year-old Leamington man on a charge of impaired driving causing death has heard from the first officer on the scene.

Jamie Redekop is charged with impaired driving causing death in the January 2015 collision that killed 55-year-old pedestrian Robert Wallingford.

OPP Constable Christopher Renaud was first on the scene just moments after the impact at around 7:30 PM.

He testified Redekop was very upset, yelling and crying.

Renaud tried to calm Redekop down and only after that noticed the victim.

A second officer and EMS were called to the scene.

Renaud says he did not smell alcohol on Redekop initially, but did notice it after the accused had been in the back seat of the cruiser.

Superior Court House in Windsor.

Superior Court House in Windsor. (AM800 file photo)

Court heard the 2 breath tests taken over 3 hours later registered below the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in the blood.

His lawyer, Julie Santarossa, explains that's why Redekop is not facing a charge of exceeding the limit for alcohol.

Santarossa says jail time is not being sought in this case, and the minimum penalty is a $1000 fine.

Family members of the victim were in court but did not want to comment.

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