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Lethbridge man sentenced to five years in prison for fatal crash on Hwy 3

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A Lethbridge man will spend the next few years behind bars after pleading guilty Tuesday (June 23) to dangerous driving in connection with the death of a man from the Piikani First Nation.

A judge sentenced 63 year old Douglas Bagnall to five years in prison. He was given credit for two years in pre-trial custody giving him three years left to serve.

Back in June of 2018, Bagnall was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 3 west of Lethbridge when he hit hit a vehicle being driven by Barney Provost. The 42 year old Provost was killed in the crash.

A number of victim impact statements were read in Lethbridge courtroom prior to the sentencing. The Defence was asking the judge for time served and three years probation, while the Crown was seeking an 8 year sentence.

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Court was told Bagnall’s blood alcohol level was over two times the legal limit when he slammed into Provost’s vehicle.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bagnall pleaded guilty to one count of impaired driving causing death.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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