Man gets 20 days on impaired charge

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SUMMERSIDE – A 39-year-old Prince County man was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty in provincial court, Summerside, to a charge of impaired driving.


Ralph Isaac MacKinnon was arrested and charged Jan. 16 after he rear-ended a pick-up truck in the parking lot of the O’Leary rink.

Crown prosecutor David O’Brien said that MacKinnon’s Toyota sustained substantial damage to the front end while the pic-up truck was only slightly damaged.

Following the accident MacKinnon left the scene and was later arrested by police.

O’Brien said a breathalyzer demand was made and MacKinnon recorded readings of 290 and 280. The Crown said these readings exceeded the two-hour time limit in which breath samples are to be taken because the accused had left the scene.

O’Brien said the Crown would accept no breathalyzer readings of less that 240.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Jeff Lantz said MacKinnon’s alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

In addition to the jail sentence, MacKinnon was fined $1,500, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of $450 and lost his driving privileges for 12 months.

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