How Many Things Do You Find Wrong With This Story?

March 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial

One of the most notorious drunk drivers in the Ottawa area has been found not criminally responsible on his latest impaired driving charges because of a mental disorder that makes him believe female celebrities are controlling his actions.

Matt Brownlee was arrested last October after police spotted a pickup truck speeding along a busy street in downtown Ottawa.

The 33-year-old man told psychiatrists that he knew the legal repercussions of his actions, but believed singer Shania Twain was helping him drive.

On Monday, the judge drew on several psychiatric assessments in ruling that Brownlee was not criminally responsible for his actions because he suffers from delusions that celebrities such as Twain are communicating with him telepathically.

Ten years ago, Brownlee was given a seven-year prison sentence and barred from driving for the rest of his life after he killed an Ottawa woman, Linda Lebreton-Holmes, and her 12-year-old son while driving with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

Another assessment of how much risk he poses to the community could see Brownlee being detained in hospital, released under supervision in the community, or given an absolute discharge…


13 Responses to “How Many Things Do You Find Wrong With This Story?”

  1. I’ve heard about this guy on the local news a few times. The Ottawa Sun loves it because it gives them an excuse to run whatever photo of Shania Twain they want.

  2. It’s obvious what’s wrong – ever since the ‘change’, Shania hasn’t been able to drive. This guy is a lying through his teeth.

  3. Bloody women drivers.

  4. If Shania Twain told you to jump off a bridge…

  5. We need to re-think our drunk-driving laws.

    Instead of penalizing people who are caught driving drunk but haven’t harmed anyone, we should lower the boom on those who _do_ harm people. Get drunk and drive recklessly, get the penalty for reckless driving. Drive drunk and kill someone (and the collision is your fault), and get the penalty for _voluntary_ manslaughter. Which should be 25 years to life.

    Right now in most of the United States, you’re “drunk” if your blood alcohol level is .08 percent, which is ridiculous. I’ll bet Warren’s level never gets down that low (but then he doesn’t drive). I’m more impaired sober-but-sleepy than I am at .1 percent, which was the old standard.

  6. And to think I LIVE in Ottawa! I can’t believe this loser’s ridiculous excuse has actually been accepted by our Judicial system. But here’s what disturbs me most:
    “Ten years ago, Brownlee was given a seven-year prison sentence and barred from driving for the rest of his life after he killed an Ottawa woman, Linda Lebreton-Holmes, and her 12-year-old son while driving with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.” Only 7 years for killing a mother and 12-year-old, and he got his license back after all? Justice is not only blind in Canada, it’s deaf and dumb!

  7. One of the charges was “driving while disqualified”. He didn’t have his license back.

  8. BENN, it’s extremely difficult to get convictions in drunk driving cases. If they made the penalty too severe they would run the risk of not getting convictions. Juries are not that willing to send someone to jail for long periods for what can be perceived as a mistake.

  9. What a nutjob. Shania was with me the whole time, helping me bottle my urine.

  10. Matt Brownlee; our latest Willie Horton.

  11. Ao, if I round house a bunch of fools while drinking, my legal excuse could be that “Chuck Norrie told me to”. Who doesn’t like the thought of that? It’s only a matter of time before this ‘uber defence’ gets blown up, and everyone will be using it. Therefore, I predict that it is only a matter of time before the FBI has one hell of a Shania Twain file. I think Mr. Ellis had it right a few years back, “Bad World”.
    And to think, I’m part Canadian.

  12. Personally, I prefer the Chewbacca defence. But this one seems to be good as well.

  13. If’n I lived in Ottowa, I think I’d quickly find myself with a disease where my brain was filled with the voice of Bo Diddley, telling me to whack this sack of sh*t.