Drunk driver headed to jail

A drunk who left his Sylvan Lake area friend to die in a ditch after a night of drinking and driving is headed to a federal prison.

A drunk who left his Sylvan Lake area friend to die in a ditch after a night of drinking and driving is headed to a federal prison.

Dwayne MacLean, 36, was jailed for two and a half years Monday when he appeared for sentencing in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench.

MacLean pleaded guilty earlier to impaired driving causing death in the Dec. 8, 2007, crash that resulted in the death of Corey Colthorpe, 26. Colthorpe was thrown from the vehicle and MacLean walked away from the scene on a road near Edson.

The pair had been drinking in an Edson bar earlier that evening.

MacLean’s lawyer argued for a conditional sentence while the Crown sought a minimum sentence of two and a half years.

However, the justice said the fact that MacLean walked away from the crash while Colthorpe was dying aggravated the crime.

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