Nova Scotia

Driver who killed 2 teens guilty of drunk driving

A Nova Scotia man who killed two teenagers while driving almost two decades ago pleaded guilty to impaired driving and possession of marijuana on Monday.

Ralph Parker pleads guilty to impaired driving

A Nova Scotia man who killed two teenagers while driving almost two decades ago pleaded guilty to impaired driving and possession of marijuana on Monday.

Ralph Parker, 38, was stopped at a checkpoint along the Magazine Hill in May. He failed a roadside sobriety test and was taken to the nearest RCMP detachment, where he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

He was previously convicted of dangerous driving causing the deaths of 15-year-old Renee Lee Orichefsky and her 13-year-old sister, Danielle, in Dartmouth in 1995. Two other teens were injured when Parker lost control of his car.

Parker admitted he was drinking beer before driving his car that night but he was never given a breathalyzer test or charged with impaired driving. Instead, he was charged and convicted of dangerous driving causing death.

On Monday, Parker was fined $2,100 for the impaired driving and possession charge.

He was also handed a two-year driving probation and two years of probation, including counselling. Parker must stay away from alcohol and submit a DNA sample.

In court, Parker apologized and said he's been on a long road to recovery for substance abuse and the May incident was a slip.

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