Man shows up drunk for court appearance on impaired driving

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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.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • j
    May 11, 2014 - 09:04

    Hang in there Doogles. We love you brother, get the help you need my friend. You have all of our support.

  • Know the facts
    May 11, 2014 - 06:15

    The real tragedy, ..40% of this island is illerate. But, the teachers are sooo busy,...doing what? Country wide, this is the lowest. And for being such a small province showing, statistics like this, if I was a teacher, I would not tell anyone. At least the employee at the guardian, has a job, shows up to do it, and obviously, is trying, not like the education system employees.

  • bubba
    May 10, 2014 - 20:43

    Time to make it a dry island..

  • The real tragedy
    May 10, 2014 - 12:33

    The real tragedy, in this story, is how this paper destroys the english langauge day after day

    • Danny
      May 10, 2014 - 21:38

      Says the guy who cannot even spell "language" properly.

  • Blondie
    May 10, 2014 - 09:40

    When someone is caught drinking and driving I think they should not only lose their driving licence, but also their vehicle. Sell it and it and the money goes to house and feed them while they are in jail.Maybe people would stop and think before they get behind that wheel.

  • Danny
    May 10, 2014 - 09:29

    I wonder, what sort of tragedy will it take before the PEI judicial system finally starts applying appropriate sentencing? This year alone has left me shaking my head again and again and again at the slaps on the wrists these judges continue to divvy out for what are very serious crimes.

    May 10, 2014 - 09:24

    If we don't have enough space for these clowns then build more. Many people here think it is funny that the same people get caught over and over and even show up in court drunk. The next day they are always sorry and are turning their lives around until that evening of course. PLEASE do not tell me he is doing his 30 days on weekends and still free to roam the roads in a drunken state on weekdays. when will this place catch up with the civilized world?

  • Doug
    May 10, 2014 - 09:02

    The law on Drunk Driving on PEI is an absolute joke, you couldn't make up some of the crazy sentences that are handed down, he has had god knows how many previous convictions and gets $1oo fine and 18 months probation, as I said you couldn't make it up.

  • Observer
    May 09, 2014 - 20:46

    $100? Really?That's it? The guy clearly has NO respect for the law or the lives of others. Let's make it $1000.oo and 6 months in Sleepy Hollow. You know - so he can really tune in to that feeling of disgust for his actions - the same sense of disgust we feel for him.

    • SlyFox
      May 09, 2014 - 22:57 big do you think Sleepy Hollow is? Between the drunk driving ,drug use and robberies arrests there is barely enough room for our other criminals there now.

    • Observer
      May 11, 2014 - 08:23

      To SlyFox: It doesn't matter how much room there is in Sleepy Hollow. The man has committed a crime - repeatedly - that puts other people's lives at risk. What do you think - as soon as the jails are "full", all criminals get off? Start double and triple bunking them - preferably with someone who smells bad. And if they sentence this fool to more than 2 years - which he richly deserves - he will be sent off-Island anyway.