Drunk driving roundup - truck in ditch lands driver in jail

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Prince Edward Island provincial court

A man who drove his truck into a ditch while he was drunk has been sentenced to seven days in jail Monday in provincial court in Charlottetown.

Blake James Buote, 28, recently appeared before Judge Nancy Orr where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer.

The court heard that on June 5, the RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident near Brackley Beach. When they arrived they found a white truck in the ditch and Buote with his sister getting ready to leave.

Buote was the only person in the truck when it went in the ditch.

Breathalyzer tests later showed his blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit.

Along with the jail time, Orr ordered Buote to pay a $1,300 fine and a $390 victim surcharge.

Buote is also banned from driving for one year.

Allan Elgin Anger, 45, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in Charlottetown July 24 after he previously pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer.

On Nov. 17, 2013 at around 2:36 a.m. Charlottetown police spotted Anger driving without his lights on so they pulled him over. Breathalyzer samples showed his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

Anger has a dated record with two convictions for drunk driving.

He told the court he was sorry and had a drinking problem for which he sought treatment in Edmonton.

In handing down a sentence, Douglas didn’t order any jail time and said he considered the five weeks Anger spent in the in-house treatment program. Douglas did order Anger to pay a $1,500 fine and a $500 victim surcharge. Anger is banned from driving for one year.

Josina Marion Frizzell, 27, pleaded guilty July 24 to failing the breathalyzer after Charlottetown police spotted her driving the wrong way down on a one-way street.

On May 18 the police were parked on Kent Street around 2:16 a.m. when they saw Frizzell driving the wrong way.

She initially told the police she only had one drink, but breathalyzer samples showed her blood alcohol level was 1? times the legal limit.

The police held her in custody overnight.

Douglas ordered Frizzell to pay a $1,000 fine along with a $300 victim surcharge. Frizzell is banned from driving for one year.

John Robert Hallett, 36, pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer after he caused an accident on Hillsborough Street when he failed to stop for a traffic control device on May 31.

Another vehicle hit his, damaging one of the tires and he continued to drive on it before eventually stopping. He was held in custody overnight and breathalyzer samples showed his blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.

Defence lawyer Thane MacEachern said Hallett acknowledged he shouldn’t have been driving and had left a function at a restaurant to drive a friend home.

Hallett told the court he hasn’t had a drink of alcohol since.

Douglas ordered Hallett to pay a $1,200 fine and $400 victim surcharge. Hallett is banned from driving for one year.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Brackley Beach, Edmonton Kent Street Hillsborough Street

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  • Gillis
    July 30, 2014 - 08:04

    Wow. Douglas seems to be light on sentences compared to Orr. Clearly no regulation on punishment. A man with nearly 3x the legal limit (last case mentioned - judge Douglas) got fined almost the same as the man who had 2x the legal limit (first case - judge Orr) and he also had 7 days in jail. More people need to be before Judge Orr, instead of getting off easy in front of Douglas.

  • Frank
    July 30, 2014 - 07:03

    One Year, What a JOKE !!!!!!!