Charlottetown man drove wrong way, towards police cruiser

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Sentenced to 30 days for impaired driving

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A 44-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced Thursday in provincial court to serve 30 days in the provincial correctional centre for impaired driving.

Edward George Willis will serve that sentence on an intermittent basis on consecutive weekends.

Willis, who had a prior conviction for impaired driving, came to the attention of police after they observed him driving on the wrong side of the street. He was also driving in the direction of their patrol car. After police sounded their horn, Willis moved back into the right lane.

When police pulled him over, it took Willis a moment to locate a driver’s licence in his wallet. When he found a licence and presented it to police, it was not his licence but that of his spouse.

He admitted having had three beers but said he didn’t realize the effect those beers had had on him because he had not drank for some time. Willis told the court he was in the wrong lane when police first saw him because he had swerved to avoid a pothole.

He told the court he’d been going through something of a hard time around the time of this incident and was not in a good place.

Willis said his personal situation has since changed for the better and that since this incident he has given up alcohol again.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas also ordered Willis to pay a $100 victims of crime surcharge.

Also on the court docket Thursday, Kyle Andrew Doucette, age 23, of Charlottetown, was sentenced to one day in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of impaired driving. He was also fined $1,000.

Doucette was stopped by police after he was observed driving in an erratic manner, travelling faster than the posted limit. His blood/alcohol level was double the legal limit.

Doucette accepted complete responsibility for his actions. He told the court he has stopped drinking and is seeking counseling.

Sentence has been adjourned until April 30 in the case of Travis Mehmoodi, age 21, of Charlottetown, who pleaded guilty to stealing a hair trimmer valued at almost $70 from Shoppers Drug and to stealing a video camera and a cellphone from St. Jean Elementary School. Mehmoodi has prior convictions for theft, mischief, assault and breach of probation.

When police arrested him a day after the incident at the school, he had the video camera and other stolen articles with him but not the cellphone. An oral update to his last pre-sentence report was requested.

Sentence has been adjourned to May 1 in the case of Ryan Donald Gallant, 29, who pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana. He had been charged with possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking but was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser offence.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • huh
    April 22, 2014 - 06:16

    @observer. Did you forget about the 1,000 dollar fine and year's license suspension? Your post didn't mention that.

    • Jeff
      April 22, 2014 - 17:16

      Really??? $1000 fine and a suspension of license?? OHHHHH that'll learn 'em. You must never leave the house... these people are operating weapons at all hours of the day under the influence... I'm glad you feel safe... $1000 fine is hardly a deterrent... Certainly hope you're not a law maker...

  • don
    April 21, 2014 - 10:41

    maybe the ghiz gang can make more profit by setting up fines at $1,000 per point over the legal limit. and for every point over the get 30 days in jail. plus if it is the 2nd time double everything and so on.

  • Observer
    April 21, 2014 - 08:00

    One day for drunk driving? At double the legal limit? ONE DAY??? It's no real wonder that people continue to drive drunk, when the punishment is essentially nil. Give these losers and potential killers real time, not an inconvenience. There is absolutely no real deterrent in a sentence of one day.

    • Ali
      April 21, 2014 - 18:40

      They should be charged with attempted murder! Or aggravated assault!

  • enough already
    April 21, 2014 - 07:25

    The old three beer story . Is there ever a drunk driver that had more than 3 beers? When is the courts going to get real with drunk driving ?