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Prince Edward Island provincial court
A Charlottetown man who bought his wife a car without her knowing gave her a different kind of surprise when the police arrested him for driving it to their home while drunk.
Albert Abner Bradshaw, 51, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown today where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer.
Douglas sentenced him to 30 days in jail to be served on weekends and ordered him to pay $100 to the victims of crime fund.
The court heard that on Aug. 7 at around 3:11 a.m. the Charlottetown police tried to pull over Bradshaw's vehicle, but he wouldn't stop so they followed him.
As they did, the police saw his car swerve from side to side while he drove slow with his four-way flashers on.
They followed him to his home and when he got out he showed signs on impairment, including seeming confused about what was going on.
The police learned he was driving with expired plates on the car and while his licence was suspended.
Breathalyzer samples showed his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Bradshaw had a previous record that included two drunk driving convictions, one of which the Crown used as a reason for a higher sentence.
Defence lawyer Peter Ghiz told the court Bradshaw bought the car for his wife and was taking it home as a surprise so she would see it in the driveway first thing in the morning.
Before handing down a sentence, Douglas addressed Bradshaw about the purchase.
"Mr. Bradshaw, not exactly the surprise you wanted for your wife," Douglas said.
Along with the jail time, Bradshaw is also banned from driving for two years.