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Cop says Pembroke, ON dentist obviously drunk after fatal collision

Court evidence photos from the trial of Pembroke dentist Christy Natsis show the fatat accident scene in the WB lane of Hwy. 417 outside of Ottawa on March 31, 2011.

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MEGAN GILLIS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA -- An obviously drunk Christy Natsis told the officer who arrested her after the crash that killed Bryan Casey that, "that man crossed the road in my car," an OPP officer testified Tuesday.

"Does that make any sense to you?" prosecutor John Ramsay asked Const. Ryan Besner on Tuesday at the Pembroke dentist's trial on charges including impaired driving causing death in the March 31, 2011 collision.

"None whatsoever," said Besner, who arrested Natsis three minutes after arriving at the scene on Hwy. 17 near Arnprior.

He smelled alcohol on her breath, observed her "red and glossy eyes" in the lights of emergency vehicles, and noted she was "swaying back and forth."

"It's almost as though she had weights on her feet the way she was walking," Besner said.

Besner said most of the debris from the crash between Natsis' SUV and Casey's pickup was in the eastbound lane "leading me to believe the point of impact occurred in the eastbound lane."

He informed Natsis of her rights to a lawyer, to remain silent and asked for a breath sample.

"I will wait for my lawyer to tell me what to do," she said, slurring. When he asked again, she said, "I refuse."

He was ready to take her to the detachment when Natsis told paramedics she was stressed and wanted to go to the hospital.

Paramedics asked three times if she had a headache as she was getting into the ambulance, but she kept responding, "do I step up?"

Besner asked how much she'd had to drink.

"I'm not going to answer you, I want to, but I'm not going to," a calm Natsis replied.

But at the Arnprior hospital, he said he had to hold her on the bed when a nurse tried to take her blood pressure.
Besner tracked down a lawyer then put Natsis in a bathroom to talk privately.

His testimony continues Wednesday.

Before Besner took the stand, defence lawyer Michael Edelson noted he interrupted five times during the 40-minute conversation before taking the phone away.

Sgt. Terrence McIntyre testified he saw nothing wrong with what Besner told him of the interruptions.

"We have time frames that we have to follow to obtain the proper samples in impaired cases," McIntyre said. "If an accused person is creating an unreasonable delay, we will terminate the conversation."

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