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Donovan Bailey addresses a crowd in March 2014. (PHILIPPE-OLIVIER CONTANT/QMI Agency)

Donovan Bailey addresses a crowd in March 2014. (PHILIPPE-OLIVIER CONTANT/QMI Agency)

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:24 PM ET

TORONTO - Olympic sprinting champion Donovan Bailey was slapped with a hefty $1,500 fine and barred from driving for a year after pleading guilty to a 2012 drunk driving charge.

Once the world’s fastest man, Bailey was fined $1,500 — instead of the usual $1,000 fine — due to his two prior driving offences, including an excessive speeding offence, Crown attorney Mike Callaghan said Wednesday.

Bailey was also given a mandatory one-year driving ban after pleading guilty two weeks ago to driving his 2006 Land Rover when his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

Callaghan explained that the second charge of impaired driving was withdrawn because “the facts are substantially the same so an accused is not required to plead guilty to the second, matching offence.”


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