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Rage lands trucker in jail (February 01, 2002)

WINDSOR, Ont. - A Quebec transport driver who pushed a pickup truck into a busy intersection has been sentenced to four months in jail.Real Vaillancourt, 51, also had his licence suspended for 12 mont...


WINDSOR, Ont. – A Quebec transport driver who pushed a pickup truck into a busy intersection has been sentenced to four months in jail.

Real Vaillancourt, 51, also had his licence suspended for 12 months after he plead guilty to dangerous driving.

The man from Laval-Ouest, Que., was charged last Mar. 11, after he repeatedly bumped the back of a pickup truck with his tractor-trailer forcing it into the intersection.

Traffic subsequently had to swerve to avoid colliding with the pickup truck being driven driven by a frightened John Zoch of Leamington, Ont.

“It could have had far more tragic consequences,” says assistant crown attorney Gary Nikota.

Court also heard the driver of the pickup truck contributed to the incident by backing up and bumping the front of Vaillancourt’s truck during the incident.

“Even though the other driver may have contributed to the incident, I give you no credit for that since you are a professional and he isn’t,” Justice Steve Rogin told a disappointed Vaillancourt.


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