Man gets 20 days on impaired charge

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Summerside Provincial Court House.

SUMMERSIDE – A 39-year-old Prince County man was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty recently in provincial court in Summerside to a charge of impaired driving.

Ralph Isaac MacKinnon was arrested and charged on Jan. 16 after he rear-ended a pick-up truck in the parking lot of the O’Leary rink.

Crown prosecutor David O’Brien said that MacKinnon’s Toyota sustained substantial damage to the front end while the pick-up truck was only slightly damaged.

Following the accident, MacKinnon left the scene and was later arrested by police.

O’Brien said a breathalyzer demand was made and MacKinnon recorded readings of 290 and 280 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. The Crown said these readings exceeded the two-hour time limit in which breath samples are to be taken because the accused had left the scene.

O’Brien said the Crown would accept no breathalyzer readings of less that 240.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Jeff Lantz said MacKinnon’s alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

In addition to the jail sentence, MacKinnon was fined $1,500, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of $450 and lost his driving privileges for 12 months.


(TC Media)


Organizations: Toyota, TC Media

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Prince

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  • Reginald O'Malley
    Reginald O'Malley
    March 02, 2014 - 19:48

    Expect this guy to be back on the road in 21 days, I guess? Very sad to watch such a recurring problem continuously and repeatedly threaten us, while at the same time we refuse to do anything meaningful about it. So sorry about the loss of your loved one, but we just couldn't afford to keep the guy in jail. Each season we hear about "tough new laws" in place to combat recividist offenders, none of which include long stints in jail. With our meagre police presence on rural roads and highways, only jail 100% guarantees the suspended driver isn't behind the wheel. Ignition locks are a breeze to compromise, and there's always the option of taking someone else's car. When long jail terms are even mentioned to lawmakers, the very words reflect off the surface of the outer ear, avoiding the brain altogether. The mere suggestion is absorbed as though into a black hole. How does someone accumulate impaired driving suspensions in the double digits, yet still manage to avoid more than a couple of symbolic weeks in jail? How many DUI's is enough to warrant prison? 50? 100? Why are we involved in an unwilling game of Russian Roulette, when all we have to do is stand up and say no? We're like the frog sitting in a slowly heating pot of water.