Charlottetown man drove wrong way, towards police cruiser

Sentenced to 30 days for impaired driving

Staff ~ The Guardian comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on April 21, 2014
Scales of justice

A 44-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced Thursday in provincial court to serve 30 days in the provincial correctional centre for impaired driving.

Edward George Willis will serve that sentence on an intermittent basis on consecutive weekends.

Willis, who had a prior conviction for impaired driving, came to the attention of police after they observed him driving on the wrong side of the street. He was also driving in the direction of their patrol car. After police sounded their horn, Willis moved back into the right lane.

When police pulled him over, it took Willis a moment to locate a driver’s licence in his wallet. When he found a licence and presented it to police, it was not his licence but that of his spouse.

He admitted having had three beers but said he didn’t realize the effect those beers had had on him because he had not drank for some time. Willis told the court he was in the wrong lane when police first saw him because he had swerved to avoid a pothole.

He told the court he’d been going through something of a hard time around the time of this incident and was not in a good place.

Willis said his personal situation has since changed for the better and that since this incident he has given up alcohol again.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas also ordered Willis to pay a $100 victims of crime surcharge.

Also on the court docket Thursday, Kyle Andrew Doucette, age 23, of Charlottetown, was sentenced to one day in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of impaired driving. He was also fined $1,000.

Doucette was stopped by police after he was observed driving in an erratic manner, travelling faster than the posted limit. His blood/alcohol level was double the legal limit.

Doucette accepted complete responsibility for his actions. He told the court he has stopped drinking and is seeking counseling.

Sentence has been adjourned until April 30 in the case of Travis Mehmoodi, age 21, of Charlottetown, who pleaded guilty to stealing a hair trimmer valued at almost $70 from Shoppers Drug and to stealing a video camera and a cellphone from St. Jean Elementary School. Mehmoodi has prior convictions for theft, mischief, assault and breach of probation.

When police arrested him a day after the incident at the school, he had the video camera and other stolen articles with him but not the cellphone. An oral update to his last pre-sentence report was requested.

Sentence has been adjourned to May 1 in the case of Ryan Donald Gallant, 29, who pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana. He had been charged with possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking but was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser offence.