Driver ig­nores life­time driv­ing ban

The Sudbury Star - - NEWS - HAROLD CARMICHAEL THE SUD­BURY STAR hcarmichael@post­media.com Twit­ter: @HaroldCarmichae

Pa­trick Ther­rien’s de­ci­sion to get be­hind the steer­ing wheel, even though it was a short drive, proved to be a costly one Wed­nes­day – 90 days of week­end jail.

That’s be­cause Ther­rien is a sus­pended driver for life due to a crim­i­nal record that con­tains nu­mer­ous driv­ing con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing re­fus­ing a breath sam­ple, im­paired driv­ing and fail­ing to re­main at the scene of an ac­ci­dent.

In fact, back on Jan. 28, Ther­rien re­ceived a one-day jail term on top of 63 days of pre-trial cus­tody credit, af­ter plead­ing guilty to re­fus­ing a breath sam­ple laid on March 29, 2016. The jail time con­cerned time spent in cus­tody prior to get­ting bail.

“Mr. Ther­rien, there’s an im­pres­sive gap (in your record) between 2006 and 2017,” On­tario Court Jus­tice An­drew But­taz­zoni told Ther­rien. “You were fairly pro­lific in the (court) sys­tem between 1999 and 2006. You were here fairly fre­quently. But from 2006, noth­ing up un­til 2017. That tells me you were do­ing what you were sup­posed to be do­ing.

“Some­thing has fallen off the wagon. In Jan­uary of 2017, you plead guilty to re­fus­ing a breath sam­ple and re­ceive one day and credit for 60-plus days of pre-sen­tence cus­tody. I would like to say I’m not un­sym­pa­thetic to your sit­u­a­tion. You have a busi­ness. You pro­vide em­ploy­ment for peo­ple. You have a fam­ily. But, when you get be­hind the wheel when you are not sup­posed to, you open your­self up to pe­ri­ods of jail.

“If you re-of­fend in the near fu­ture, you are look­ing at a longer sen­tence. You can ex­pect jail is the likely re­sult.”

Ther­rien, 36, had pleaded guilty to driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied.

Ther­rien was also is­sued a three­year li­cence sus­pen­sion.

The court heard a Greater Sud­bury Po­lice of­fi­cer saw Ther­rien driv­ing a pickup truck on Ted­man Av­enue. At the time, Ther­rien was un­der two li­cence sus­pen­sions, one of them be­ing for life.

On the day in ques­tion, the ve­hi­cle was be­ing used in con­nec­tion with Ther­rien’s busi­ness.

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