BY KEITH LACEY
A man caught by police so intoxicated behind the wheel he could barely walk or talk was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail to be served on weekends.
Joey F. Dorion pleaded guilty to impaired driving in relation to an incident last March. An on-duty officer noticed a car travelling at a high rate of speed between 125 and 135 kilometres an hour, so he turned his vehicle around and followed it.
The driver in the speeding vehicle crossed over the centre line on numerous occasions, forcing the officer to turn on his emergency lights and pursue the driver. After travelling several hundred feet over the centre line, the driver finally brought his vehicle to a stop.
The officer put in his notes the manÂ?s speech was so slurred he couldnÂ?t understand what he was saying and his balance was so unsteady he had to assist him to the police cruiser.
Two breathalyser tests indicated Dorion had 2.5 times the legal amount of alcohol allowed in your system to drive in Canada.
Defence counsel Berk Keaney acknowledged this was DorionÂ?s third drunk driving offence and he wouldnÂ?t argue against the Crown asking for a brief jail sentence.
Dorion had a good job and pays support to his young children, who he gets custody of every second weekend.
In all the circumstances a 30-day intermittent sentence to be served every second weekend and three-year suspension of DorionÂ?s driverÂ?s license would be appropriate, said Keaney. Justice William Fitzgerald agreed.