Impaired driver gets three days in jail

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SUMMERSIDE – A 40-year-old West Prince man was sentenced to three days in jail after pleading guilty in Summerside Provincial Court to a charge of impaired driving.

Prince County Court House

 

Harold Allan Ballum was arrested on the charge after a single-vehicle accident on Route 2 near Tignish on Dec. 2.

Crown Attorney John Diamond said when West Prince RCMP arrived at the scene, Island EMS and the Tignish Fire Department were there.

Police were told by firefighters that Ballum was in the driver’s seat behind the steering wheel of the car when they arrived.

Ballum was arrested and given a breathalyzer demand. He recorded readings of 170 and 160.

Ballum apologized to the court for his actions and admitted he was impaired while driving but did have a few drinks after the accident while waiting for help, which may have increased his breathalyzer readings.

In addition to the jail sentence, Ballum was fine $1,000, ordered to pay a $300 victim fine surcharge and lost his driving privileges for 12 months.

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Organizations: Tignish Fire Department

Geographic location: Tignish

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