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Jail for drunk driver stuck in snowbank

Daniel Leith Stewart was sentenced on Tuesday in provincial court in Charlottetown.
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A P.E.I. man whose vehicle was found stuck in a snowbank on the side of a road was sentenced recently to 20 days in jail for drunk driving.

Jason Harold Smith appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he entered a guilty plea.

Crown attorney John Diamond told the court that on Jan. 12 at around 4:20 p.m., the RCMP responded to a call about a possible impaired driver. The court heard the police found Smith’s vehicle stuck in a snowbank on the side of the road.

Smith later provided breathalyzer samples that were more than twice the legal limit. 

Defence lawyer Justin Milne told the court Smith said it was a mistake that shouldn’t have happened and the hardest part was explaining it to his children.

Smith also had a prior related conviction in 2015.

In sentencing Smith, Orr accepted a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence.

She also fined Smith $2,000, ordered him to pay a $600 victim surcharge and banned him from driving for 18 months.

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