Woman who repeatedly drove while prohibited sentenced to 120 days in jail

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Prince Edward Island provincial court

A 37-year-old Charlottetown woman was sentenced Monday in provincial court to serve 120 days in the provincial correctional centre for a series of offences that included driving while disqualified.

Amber Ann MacPhail was sentenced to 75 days in jail for driving while her licence was suspended.

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr sentenced her to 15 days for failing to comply with a provision in a court order that stipulated she must refrain from consuming alcohol for 72 hours before reporting to the jail for an intermittent sentence.

 She received a further 30 days in jail for violating that same court order a second time.

 All sentences were made consecutive to each other.

 MacPhail had multiple prior convictions for operating a motor vehicle while disqualified.

 She also had a prior conviction for impaired driving.

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Upon completion of her sentence the accused will be placed on probation for 12 months.

While on probation she must undergo assessment, counseling and treatment, if required, for the use of alcohol and/or drugs or any other underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.

 Orr observed that MacPhail has a significant problem with alcohol and an attitude problem.

 She noted this case had been before the court on several previous occasions and that on a number of those occasions MacPhail did not show up, prompting the court to issue warrants for her arrest.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Mik Sween
    June 13, 2014 - 07:32

    Epidemic - pfft - When did drinking AND DRIVING become a disease? - Oh poor me gotta get to the jack frost gotta move moms car - are you kidding me ... Theose caught D&D most often only get caught very rarely - personal responsibility is a thing of the past on Patronage Island.

  • tippi
    June 10, 2014 - 14:27

    If you understood addiction you wouldn't be so rude. I'm glad she is off the roads but she is human and needs help. I understand your upset and I do hope she has learned a lesson or will. And I don't think she will have a license for a long time, but that didn't stop her before from driving. Drinking and driving has become a huge problem on this island! Along with addiction and mental illness. Let's hope things start to change. I feel for this women's children who have no mom for quite a little while.

  • don
    June 10, 2014 - 10:43

    she does not deserve toi ever get a drivers licence back.next time and there will be a next time who will she murder while drunk? i think theses "useless drunks" needs to see what the body is like after a drunk murders them. send them to a morgue when sober and make it law.

    • just another critic
      June 10, 2014 - 19:07

      I was always told that it is easy to be the critic and it shows here that many like the easy way rather than be useful in helping this epidemic.I'm sure we can do better.Hopefully she gets the proper resources to change her lifestyle