Crown prosecutor John Ramsay offered the court his rhymes. (QMI Agency file photo)
OTTAWA – A prosecutor’s poetry convicted a drunk driver Thursday.
Joey Anderson, 25, was found guilty of impaired driving after he rolled his car on the highway early July 16, 2010.
Anderson blew about twice the legal limit in breath samples taken at hospital later.
In the courtroom, evidence was heard, applications were seen.
But the highlight was Crown prosecutor John Ramsay’s closing submission:
On July 16, 2010
Crashed his car, did Mr. Anderson
Without second thought, two citizens did stop
And called 911 for fire and cops
At 0220 Blanchette did arrive
To see if the lone occupant did survive
And peeking his head through (the) windshield did hear
Mr. Anderson’s claim of “only drinking 15 beer”
From beginning to end no can say
That police sat idle or created delay
As medics did work, the police withdrew
In consideration this was not just a flu
Beers at a cottage, 15 did he drink
And proceed to drive, rather than think
A marked departure from the reasonable driver
Mr. Anderson is fortunate he’s a survivor
Reasonableness of their acts does exude
The samples of breath, You ought not exclude
His rights were respected by all those involved
This poem’s near over, this crime is solved
And all that is based on a finding of Breach
The existence of which the Crown doth impeach
After 2 days of trial Your Honour will see
The only verdict is one of guilty
The prosecutor later apologized for the rhymed closing. Is there anything unethical about the way he chose to sum up his case?