Drunk driver fined after crash

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Drunk driver fined after crash

A woman who drove her car into a stopped vehicle while she was drunk was fined $1,000 in provincial court in Charlottetown Thursday.

Rita Marie Lea, 57, appeared before Judge John Douglas where she pleaded guilty to driving drunk.

The court heard Lea was driving on North River Road in Charlottetown on Aug. 7, 2015 when she ran into a vehicle stopped at a traffic light.

Lea was unable to provide adequate breath samples but did provide a blood sample.

That sample showed her blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit several hours after the accident.

Lea’s lawyer provided the court with a letter that showed she entered an addiction program the day after the collision.

Douglas said the blood alcohol level and the accident were aggravating factors, but the steps Lea took to address her addiction since then outweighed those factors.

Along with the fine, Lea must pay a $300 victim surcharge.

She is also banned from driving for one year.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, North River Road

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  • Pat McGowan
    February 27, 2016 - 11:00

    What is happening to the Guardian?? The only news is about drunk driving.Surely other things are happening on PEI. Put all your drunk drivers on one page,and more interesting news on the other pages.The Guardian is certainly getting slim!!

  • Joe Doe
    February 26, 2016 - 13:06


  • Concerned
    February 26, 2016 - 11:39

    Paula Biggar was in the paper this week with stats about Impaired Driving. She had better read these interesting cases where no jail time was given out to two persons charged with Impaired and both involved accident.s Note: Both had extreme high reading. People charged with them same reading always get five days, a large fine, surcharge and suspension. Why I ask did these two individuals not get jail time. Ms Biggar knows PEI is notorious for DWI and here we are lightening up on the sentences not to mention the unfairness to the individuals who have done jail time of five days or less. This may have opened up a real loop hole to further Impaired Drivers as far as jail time goes. This just underminds all the good work done to date. Everyone has to be treated the same under the Charter. These two cases spell out this was not the case. The Crown had better appeal these cases or the Courts will be in one mess

    • Cromwell
      February 27, 2016 - 11:16

      One merely has to look at the name of the presiding Judge. In both these cases where Judge Douglas was sitting, he merely fined the drivers, while in two other cases, where the drivers (both male) had significantly lower blood alcohols levels, Judge Orr imposed jail time, as well as fines.