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Christopher Sitarz, said that the ruling was a relief. Sitarz was on Adelaide St. W. on the night of Feb. 12, 2011 and driving the wrong way in heavy traffic in Toronto’s Entertainment District.
Motorists were yelling and honking, trying to get around him.
Sitarz stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road, so cops directed traffic around him. A law enforcement official went up to the vehicle as it inched forward, and noticed Sitarz had what appeared to be a blank stare. He smelled severely of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and he was unable to stand easily.
The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is 80 mg and he blew 230 mg during his sobriety test.
Sitarz, a petroleum contractor, said he had went from Schomberg to a “Fast Life” speed dating event at a bar in the Entertainment District.
He had gotten there at approximately 7 p.m. and ordered a vodka with Red Bull. He said he was pretty conifdent he later ordered a second drink. He testified he planned to order three or four drinks, following the “one drink per hour” rule, the judge wrote.
He recalled talking to a woman at the end of the night, but felt like he had just woken up, Caldwell said. He said he recalled almost nothing afterward.
He was due to begin installation work at a gas station at 6 a.m. the next morning, so he planned to keep his alcohol consumption low and leave at a reasonable hour, the judge wrote.
He didn’t work the next day, as a result of his arrest, but went to a hospital emergency to find out if he could have been drugged.
Sitarz aclaimed his voluntary consumption of alcohol was minimal, and that someone may have slipped a drug into his beverage when he left the bar to have a cigarette.
Caldwell found in the “unique circumstances of this case” Sitarz raised a rational doubt that his blood alcohol level resulted from a voluntary act.
“It is reasonably plausible that a substance was slipped into his drink which so affected his cognitive abilities that his subsequent alcohol consumption was no longer voluntary,” the judge had written.
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