Drunk driver who killed Edmonton woman gets day parole

Ryan Ross, The Guardian
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Clarence Arnold Moase hit Elizabeth Sovis with his van while she was cycling with her husband in 2012

CHARLOTTETOWN - A Kensington man who was driving drunk when he killed a 63-year-old cyclist from Alberta has been granted day parole.

Clarence Arnold Moase has been granted day parole.

But in granting Clarence Arnold Moase’s day parole, the Parole Board of Canada denied his request for full parole, saying it would present an undue risk to society.

Moase has been serving out a six-year prison sentence for drunk driving causing death after he hit Elizabeth Sovis with his van while she was cycling with her husband on vacation in P.E.I. in 2012.

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Moase’s blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit at the time.

The judge in the case gave Moase 214 days credit for time served and imposed a lifetime driving ban.

It was Moase’s fifth drunk driving conviction.

Since the accident, Sovis’s husband, Edmund Aunger, has filed a lawsuit against Moase, who in turn is suing the restaurant that served him liquor before he drove.

After reviewing Moase’s case, the Parole Board of Canada decided to grant day parole under certain conditions. Those conditions included that Moase refrain from consuming, buying or possessing alcohol. He is also banned from any businesses where the primary source of income comes from the sale or consumption of alcohol.

Since his incarceration, Moase has been undergoing treatment for alcoholism, including attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in prison and in the community through escorted temporary absences.

In the parole board’s report, it said Moase told the board during his hearing that he finally realized his addiction was a disease and prior to attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings he had been in denial.

The board asked Moase how he could have multiple convictions for drunk driving and not realize he had a problem, to which he responded that he had difficulty explaining his thought process other than maybe being “pig headed.”

Upon his release on day parole, Moase planned to live in a halfway house where he would be supervised and where any problematic behaviours could be addressed quickly.

Moase told the board his biggest challenge in maintaining sobriety would be avoiding familiar situations, such as hanging out with people who use alcohol and going to places where alcohol is consumed.

But while the board accepted Moase’s day parole plan, it didn’t view as favourably his full parole plan, which involved living with an intimate partner. That setting wouldn’t have the proper safeguards that are consistent with his level of risk, the board said.

Organizations: Parole Board of Canada, Alcoholics Anonymous

Geographic location: Edmonton, P.E.I.

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