Man with high breath­a­lyzer read­ings jailed

An­drew Christo­pher Cullen re­ceives 70-day sen­tence

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.ross@the­ Twit­­r­ross

A P.E.I. man who was caught driv­ing drunk with a blood al­co­hol level more than three times the le­gal limit was sen­tenced re­cently to 70 days in jail.

An­drew Christo­pher Cullen, 25, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to fail­ing the breath­a­lyzer af­ter he was ar­rested in May.

When he heard the sen­tence it seemed to catch Cullen off guard.

“What? 70?” he said.

Orr con­firmed the sen­tence for him.

“It’s a se­ri­ous mat­ter Mr. Cullen,” she said. The court heard Cullen had a prior drunk driv­ing con­vic­tion from 2015 and Orr said his read­ings were high.

Cullen also told Orr he has never held a driver’s li­cence.

Along with the jail time, which he will serve on week­ends, Cullen will be on pro­ba­tion for 18 months and must per­form 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

He is banned from driv­ing for two years and must pay a $100 vic­tim sur­charge.

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