Judge cau­tions young man to steer away from im­paired driv­ing

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND - BY JIM DAY

A judge known for harshly ad­mon­ish­ing drunk driv­ers was left shak­ing her head over a 19-year-old man who ap­peared be­fore her on a sec­ond im­paired driv­ing charge.

“Just what is the prob­lem?’’ Chief pro­vin­cial court Judge Nancy Orr asked Bran­don Ja­son Quinn be­fore sen­tenc­ing the young man to 90 days in jail for fail­ing a breath­a­lyzer.

Orr told Quinn it is a “mat­ter of great con­cern’’ that he com­mit­ted two im­paired driv­ing-re­lated of­fences at a young age and within a short pe­riod of one an­other.

The most re­cent in­ci­dent had plenty of ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors.

First of all, Quinn was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing when he de­cided to get be­hind the wheel on Nov. 3 in Kings County.

Next, Quinn chose to take an­other per­son’s ve­hi­cle with­out con­sent.

And third, he was in­tox­i­cated. Quinn crashed the car, re­sult­ing in a com­plete write-off that will cost him $3,000 in resti­tu­tion to the owner. The young driver was so banged up from the in­ci­dent – he was taken to hos­pi­tal and in­tu­bated – that he was un­able to an­swer ques­tions from a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“You had a very se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent,’’ Orr noted. “You are lucky to be here.’’ Orr in­formed Quinn he is for­tu­nate to only be sen­tenced to three months in jail, to be served in­ter­mit­tently, but warned a fur­ther im­paired driv­ing con­vic­tion would be dealt with more se­verely.

Orr also sen­tenced Quinn to 30 days in jail for tak­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out con­sent. The sen­tence will be served con­cur­rently, so he will spend a to­tal of 90 days in jail.

Quinn is pro­hib­ited from driv­ing for two years and will be on pro­ba­tion for that pe­riod of time as well.

His con­vic­tion on tak­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out con­sent also earned him 150 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and a $100 vic­tim sur­charge.

Quinn’s lawyer said the in­ci­dent was a trau­matic event for his client that served as a wake-up call.

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