On Dec. 9, just after 1 a.m., police observed George Anthony DesRoches driving an all-terrain vehicle with no lights on in his yard.
Police approached DesRoches, who was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. A breath demand was made but after nine attempts police were unable to get a suitable sample from DesRoches. As a result, he was charged with refusing a breathalyzer demand.
He has five related convictions between 1983 and 1998 and, according to his lawyer Trish Cheverie, has struggled with addictions.
Judge Jeff Lantz allowed DesRoches to serve his 20-day sentence on weekends.
DesRoches is prohibited from driving for 18 months and will be on probation for 18 months, during which time he must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for any addictions issues and must perform 100 hours of community service work.