GEORGETOWN — A Lower Montague man who almost smashed into an oncoming RCMP cruiser was sentenced to weekend jail terms in provincial court here Thursday so he could maintain his employment insurance and return to his pending seasonal job.
Darren Ernest Ross pleaded guilty to refusing the breathalyzer on Jan. 3 when he crossed the centre line of the highway at Summerville and nearly struck an RCMP cruiser travelling in the opposite direction.
RCMP police officer Thane MacEachern told The Guardian in an interview last month that the problem of impaired drivers is not getting any better in P.E.I. He was travelling with Const. Brent Macumber on a snow covered section of Route 3 near Montague when they had to swerve out of the way to avoid collision with the 41-year-old accused.
"The aggravating factor is that you have no licence," said Judge Nancy Orr, mulling over her decision. "And you shouldn't have been on the road in the first place....let alone after drinking."
Defence counsel said Ross, a father, with three prior convictions, had recently lost his wife and was dealing with issues when the incident occurred. Court was also told Ross has since quit drinking and was now a regular at AA meetings.
The accused was granted an intermittent sentence of 68 days on weekends and fined $1,300.