Serv­ing jus­tice

Court deals with sev­eral im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Most of the heavy traf­fic in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town Mon­day af­ter­noon was fu­eled by im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tions.

Shawn Camp­bell, 44, of Char­lot­te­town was, by a good stretch, the big­gest re­peat of­fender of the bunch.

The forestry worker was sen­tenced for his sev­enth drunk driv­ing con­vic­tion since 1991.

He pleaded guilty to his lat­est of­fence of fail­ing a breath­a­lyzer on Aug. 16, 2015 with a read­ing more than twice the le­gal limit.

His lawyer told the court that Camp­bell “feels great re­morse’’ for his ac­tions and has been ad­dress­ing both a men­tal health con­di­tion and al­co­holism.

“Some­thing isn’t work­ing and some­thing needs to change,’’ said the de­fence lawyer.

Chief pro­vin­cial court Judge Nancy Orr sen­tenced Camp­bell to 65 days in jail and or­dered him to per­form 150 hours of free com­mu­nity ser­vice work for the ben­e­fit of Queens County Ad­dic­tion Ser­vices.

He is also pro­hib­ited from driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle for two years.

Daniel Blake MacKen­zie, 21, was sen­tenced to serve 75 days in jail on week­ends, al­low­ing him to main­tain em­ploy­ment and pay off more than $3,000 owed in fines and sur­charges, in­clud­ing money ow­ing from a pre­vi­ous im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tion in 2013 that landed him in jail for five days.

On Mon­day, he pleaded guilty to fail­ing a breath­a­lyzer on Feb. 8, 2015 in Char­lot­te­town.

He was pulled over by po­lice af­ter driv­ing er­rat­i­cally in a park­ing lot.

Orr de­ter­mined in court that MacKen­zie had also been driv­ing with­out a li­cence, even though he was not charged with that of­fence.

MacKen­zie is pro­hib­ited from op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle for two years.

Deborah Gre­gory Rush, 59, pleaded guilty for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied on Sept. 24, 2015. She was dis­qual­i­fied as a re­sult of an im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tion on March 30, 2015.

The court was told Rush’s pur­pose for driv­ing on Sept. 24 while dis­qual­i­fied was she wanted to buy some al­co­hol.

“Miss Rush is an al­co­holic,’’ her lawyer stated plainly.

Orr sen­tenced Rush to 40 days in jail to be served on an in­ter­mit­tent ba­sis and or­dered the woman to seek the help she needs.

Rush will be on pro­ba­tion for 18 months and can­not op­er­ate a mo­tor ve­hi­cle for one year.

Colin James Molony, 36, pleaded guilty to fail­ing a breath­a­lyzer on Sept. 23. The read­ing was three times the le­gal limit.

He had a prior drunk driv­ing con­vic­tion in 2004.

Orr sen­tenced Molony to 20 days in jail to be served in­ter­mit­tently to al­low him to travel to Al­berta to work.

The judge cau­tioned Molony the onus was on him to get to jail at the pre­scribed times or face a breach charge.

Hu­bert Joseph Van­hul, 61, was sen­tenced to serve five days in jail on week­ends and pay a $1,300 fine af­ter he pleaded guilty Mon­day to fail­ing a breath­a­lyzer on Dec. 1.

Robert Wen­dall Vis­sey, 39, of Corn­wall of­fered a lit­tle change of pace to the flow of im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tions Mon­day.

He was sen­tenced to serve three days for driv­ing while im­paired due to mar­i­juana use on Oct. 29, 2015.

He was also sen­tenced three days each for one charge of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana and one charge of pos­ses­sion of ec­stasy.

All three sen­tences are to be served con­cur­rently.

Orr also or­dered Vis­sey to per­form 150 hours of com­mu­nity work.

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