Drunk­driver pours bleach on him­self

Jean Michel Beau­re­gard given 18-month driv­ing ban for drunk­driv­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY RYAN ROSS rross­the­guardian.pe.ca twit­ter.com/ryan­r­ross

A man who was seen pour­ing bleach over him­self af­ter his car went into a ditch was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to 10 days in jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to im­paired driv­ing.

Jean Michel Beau­re­gard, 42, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town where he was sen­tenced.

The court heard on Aug. 20 at 9:24 p.m. the RCMP re­sponded to an ac­ci­dent on Route 1.

When they ar­rived at the scene they found Beau­re­gard in his 2009 Honda Civic with beer cans inthe car.

Wit­nesses told the po­lice they saw Beau­re­gard’s car swerve, lose con­trol and goin the ditch.

A wit­ness also re­ported see­ing Beau­re­gard pour­ing bleach over him­self and the car.

Breath­a­lyzer sam­ples taken later showed his blood al­co­hol level was more than three times the le­gal limit.

Beau­re­gard had no prior crim­i­nal record.

In hand­ing down a sen­tence, Orr said the blood al­co­hol level and the ac­ci­dent were ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors.

“For­tu­nately it was a sin­gleve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent,” she said.

Beau­re­gard will serve his sen­tence on week­ends.

Along with the jail time, Orr fined Beau­re­gard $1,500 and or­dered him to pay a $450 vic­tim sur­charge.

Orr banned him from driv­ing for 18 months, which is higher than what is usu­ally im­posed for first of­fend­ers.

“Why 18? Be­cause of the read­ings and the ac­ci­dent, but par­tic­u­larly the read­ings,” she said.

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