First responders noticed ‘smell of alcohol’ coming from Calgary dad on trial for deadly crash

Paramedics and firefighters took the stand on day two of Michael Shaun Bomford’s trial for a 2016 impaired driving crash that killed his 17-year-old daughter.

The Crown called Darcy Alder, an advanced care paramedic with Alberta Health Services (AHS), as the first witness on Tuesday.

Alder testified that while taking Bomford to the Foothills Medical Centre in an ambulance on Oct. 18, 2016, he noticed “a strong odour of liquor” while ventilating the patient.

“I noticed the smell of alcohol almost immediately,” Alder said.

A second witness, AHS supervisor for emergency medical services Jan Rozek, also testified smelling a “strong, pungent odour of an alcohol-like substance” coming from the vicinity of Bomford as he knelt over him on the ground at the crash scene.

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