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Judge finds firefighter no guilty of hit and run because he was too drunk to notice

By Mason White 3:25 PM June 2, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A firefighter caught a break during his criminal trial for a hit and run incident after a judge ruled that he was too drunk to realize what he had done, according to prosecutors in Canada.

37-year-old Trevor Clarke was convicted of drunk driving causing bodily harm after leaving a cyclist in critical condition on the side of the road.

According to the police investigation, Clarke’s blood alcohol content level was four times the legal limit.

However, Clarke was found not guilty of hit and run because he was too drunk to know that he hit anyone, Judge David Paciocco ruled.

45-year-old Jennifer Leonard, a nurse, suffered a traumatic brain injury and has no memory of what happened on McGee Side Road in Carp.

Leonard said that she is still struggling with physical and emotional problems due to the accident.

Clarke was also found not guilty of driving with a blood alcohol level of over 0.08 percent causing bodily harm because police failed to tell him that he was being arrested for drunk driving and did not allow him to consult with a lawyer before being questioned.

Clarke is free on bail pending sentencing.