Impaired driver jailed 160 days

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60-year-old had been disqualified from driving for five years in 2008

A man who had been disqualified for driving for five years in 2008 was sentenced to 160 days for impaired driving and driving while disqualified last week.

SUMMERSIDE — A 60-year-old St. Edwards man has been sentenced to 160 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges of impaired driving and driving while disqualified.

Joseph Michael Chaisson was stopped by West Prince RCMP in Alberton on July 21 on suspicion of impaired driving.

His blood-alcohol readings were recorded at 180, more than double the legal limit of 80.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered Chaisson had been disqualified for driving for five years following a similar incident in 2008.

Provincial court Judge Jeff Lantz noted it was Chaisson’s sixth related driving offence dating back to 2004. In addition to the 160 days for impaired driving, Chaisson was sentenced to 60 days concurrent on the driving while disqualified charge.

He was placed on probation for two years and suspended his driving privileges for a further five years.

Chaisson was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service work.

Geographic location: Alberton

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  • not long enough
    November 13, 2012 - 21:10

    I was nearly killed as a child by a drunk driver. 52 years on, I still suffer some effects, including nightnares of lying on the road in the dark with a pair headlights coming towards me. This idiot is a repeat offender and won't learn his lesson, so he should have been locked up for waaaaay longer, with a lifelong ban on driving to boot. The tourist who was killed on her bike on Route 13 this summer was the victim of a similar unrepentant drunkard.

  • aaron jarvis
    November 13, 2012 - 15:41

    Hey did you hear the joke about this guy who got caught for the 6th time for drinking and driving . He only got 160 days , WHAT that isn't a joke .

  • voter
    November 13, 2012 - 13:18

    concurrent sentences mean you get one or two or more free if you commit one crime --MUST BE A TAKE OFF OF BOGO--especially for criminals who want to take advantAge of the deals