SUMMERSIDE – A 52-year-old Harmony man was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in Summerside provincial court Thursday to a charge of impaired driving.
On July 12, RCMP and EMS crews were dispatched to a field on Route 1128 in Richmond where a 2002 Honda Civic was upside down in a ditch.
When police arrived at the scene there were two people in the vehicle, a man in the passenger’s seat and the driver Steven Bruce Yeo still wearing his seatbelt.
Both men were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.
Yeo told police that he lost control of the vehicle when a raccoon ran across the roadway.
Police reported the smell of alcohol in the vehicle and after paramedics concluded their treatment of the two men, a breathalyzer demand was made of Yeo.
Yeo recorded readings of 190 and 180.
Yeo had a previous impaired driving conviction in 2010.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Jeff Lantz said Yeo’s readings were above the aggravating factor of 160. contained in the Criminal Code of Canada.
“Luckily no one was hurt or killed,” Lantz said.
In addition to the jail term, Yeo was fined $1,300, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of $195 and lost his driving privileges for 24 months.
Man gets five days
Curtis George Dyment, 24, of Summerside was sentenced to five days in jail and fined $1,300 after pleading guilty to a charge of impaired driving.
On Aug.3, RCMP observed a truck travelling on Route 1 towards Read’s Corner weaving back and forth on its side of the road.
Police pulled the truck to the side of the road and observed two men in the vehicle.
The man in the passenger’s seat was visibility intoxicated and Dyment told police that he was the man’s designated driver and had had nothing to drink.
Police reported they observed Dyment had bleary eyes and they could smell alcohol on his breath.
A breathalyzer demand was made and Dyment recorded readings of 190 and 190.
In addition to jail and the fine, Dyment was ordered to pay a victim surcharge fine of $195 and lost his driving privileges for 12 months.
A 24-year-old St. Chrysostome man was sentenced to three days in jail and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to a charge of impaired driving.
Accident nets jail time
Jared Michael Arsenault was arrested by police after his car was found, unoccupied, in a field off Route 165.
Upon investigation, police found alcohol in the vehicle and followed up reports of a man being observed walking down the highway trying to flag down a ride.
Police later located a vehicle with Arsenault in the back seat. He had blood on his face and smelled of alcohol.
Arsenault admitted to the accident saying he hoped he hadn’t hurt anyone.
A breathalyzer demand was made and Arsenault recorded readings of 140 and 130.
Lantz noted that it was Arsenault’s first offence and that the readings were below the aggravating limit of 160 contained in the Criminal Code.
In addition to the jail time, Arsenault was fined $1,000, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of $150 and lost his driving privileges for 12 months.