Woman caught driving drunk twice in two months sent to jail

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Woman caught driving drunk twice

A woman who was caught behind the wheel while drunk twice within fewer than two months was sentenced Thursday to 33 days in jail.

Cheryl Dawn Lynch, 37, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to two charges.

The court heard that on Oct. 2, 2015, the police were dispatched after a report of a possible drunk driver.

They found Lynch in the driver’s seat of her parked vehicle with the keys on the passenger seat.

Breathalyzer samples later showed her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

On Dec. 2, 2015, police received two complaints about Lynch’s driving.

When they found her, Lynch was passed out in the driver’s seat.

At the time, Lynch was on a 90-day driving prohibition after the first offence and the police arrested her for having care and control of a vehicle while drunk.

Again she provided breathalyzer samples that were more than twice the legal limit.

Lynch’s lawyer told the court his client struggled with drinking but hadn’t consumed alcohol since the incidents.

Douglas sentenced Lynch to three days in jail on the first offence and 30 days for the second, all to be served on weekends.

Lynch will have to pay a $1,000 fine and $400 in victim surcharges.

She is banned from driving for 18 months.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Islander
    March 18, 2016 - 18:02

    PEI laws ans sentences are the toughest in Canada. People convicted of DWI get one to threwe days in jail for first offence of their reading is under 160, above this reading the sentence for first offence is five days. This also includes a fine and surcharge. Any person who has been down this road for th first time should never drink and drive again. On PEI its the repeat offenders that is unbelieveable. These are the ones who should get big time and vehicle seized, sold and put the money towards the victims services. The bigger problem here is NOT all Judges hand out these sentences and this is just wrong. This Judge Douglas guy is a piece of work. Giving no time to three DWI offenders recently with extremly high reading, while others get 1 to 5 days for the same offences. The Attorney Genral , our Premier, should do his job and get these cases appealed. Why have sentencing provisions in place and not treat everybody the same. This is double standard and abuse of the Charter, in my opinion

  • John Steinsky
    March 18, 2016 - 11:25

    he whole idea of serving the jail time on weekends makes Island DUI sentences a joke and no deterrent (as witnessed by the numerous repeat offenses we hear about all the time). Maybe if people knew they had to spend the 30 days in jail consecutively (and lose their job as a result) they would actually think twice about drinking and driving.