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Prince Edward Island provincial court
Douglas Joseph Murphy, 42, gets 30 days in jail
A man who showed up drunk at the Charlottetown courthouse to face a charge of impaired driving has been given 30 days in jail.
Douglas Joseph Murphy, 42, appeared sober this time, before provincial court judge John Douglas this week after earlier pleading guilty to drinking and driving.
Crown Prosecutor Valerie Moore said that Murphy had been to court on this charge several times and the second time he appeared he was so intoxicated he was placed under arrest.
The court was told that Murphy had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit when this charge arose on Jan. 6 this year.
He had prior convictions for both refusing a breathalyzer and impaired driving.
Murphy told the court he was disgusted by his actions, and he had disappointed both himself and his family.
Murphy had taken steps in the past and again more recently to address his use of alcohol, said his lawyer.
Douglas put Murphy on probation for 18 months after the 30 day jail setence. During that time Murphy has to undergo assessment, counselling and treatment, if required, for the use of drugs or alcohol or any other underlying issue which might have contributed to the offence.
Murphy is also prohibited from driving for two years and must pay $100 to the victims of crime fund.