Man jailed on impaired charge

Published on September 4, 2014

SUMMERSIDE - A 27-year-old Summerside man was sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty in Summerside provincial court Thursday, to a charge of impaired driving.


Summerside police received a citizen’s complaint on June 29 of a possible impaired driver in a running vehicle in a parking lot across from a local lounge.

Crown attorney David O’Brien said that when police approached the vehicle, the driver turned the car’s lights off.

Police approached the car and found William Arsenault sitting behind the steering wheel. Arsenault showed signs of impairment and a breathalyzer demand was made.

Arsenault recorded readings of 250 and 240.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Jeff Lantz noted that Arsenault’s readings were three times the legal limit.

In addition to the jail time, Arsenault was fined $1,300 and given a victim fine surcharge of $450.

Arsenault also lost his driving privileges for 12 months.