‘I think I learned my lesson this time’: P.E.I. drunk driver gets 45-day jail sentence
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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Driving drunk right into a ditch whereas being pursued by police has led to a 45-day jail sentence for a Charlottetown man.
“I believe I realized my lesson this time,” stated Dustin Daniel Thorne, 23, who pleaded responsible and was sentenced on Jan. 19 in provincial court docket in Charlottetown for impaired driving. Thorne represented himself on the court docket look.
On Saturday, Nov. 26, at round 1 a.m., Charlottetown police had been on patrol and noticed a black motorcar on Raiders Highway drive by a cease signal, stated Crown lawyer Jeff MacDonald. Police activated the overhead emergency lights with a purpose to pull the car over. However the car – pushed by Thorne – sped up and drove erratically by one other cease signal on Enman Crescent. The car then turned proper onto College Avenue and cease on MacKinnon Highway, the place a passenger obtained out of the car and ran in the direction of Browns Courtroom. Because the car backed up and tried to show round, it drove right into a ditch, stated MacDonald.
Thorne stumbled out of the car and confirmed different indicators of impairment, comparable to purple and shiny eyes, and slurred speech. When requested by police, Thorne stated the passenger who ran away was somebody he was giving a trip house and he did not know his identify.
On the Charlottetown police station, Thorne agreed to supply two breathalyzer samples of 220 milligrams (mg) and 200 mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – greater than double the authorized restrict of 80 mg.
Thorne’s felony report contains an impaired driving conviction in 2020 and a conviction for driving whereas prohibited in 2021. For the earlier impaired driving offence, Thorne was sentenced to $1,560 in fines and an 18-month driving ban. For breaching that driving ban in 2021, he acquired 30 days in jail and a one-year driving ban.
Thorne stated he’s a drywall employee within the development business.
Chief Choose Jeff Lantz allowed Thorne to serve the 45-day jail sentence on weekends so he might proceed to work.
As well as, Thorne was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay a $600 sufferer surcharge. He was additionally banned from driving for 2 years plus the time in jail. Since Thorne was given a weekend sentence, he was additionally positioned on probation till it’s served in full.
Terrence McEachern is a justice reporter with the SaltWire Community in Prince Edward Island. He could be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and could be adopted on Twitter @terry_mcn.