Woman who repeatedly drove while prohibited sentenced to 120 days in jail

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Published on June 10, 2014
Prince Edward Island provincial court
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A 37-year-old Charlottetown woman was sentenced Monday in provincial court to serve 120 days in the provincial correctional centre for a series of offences that included driving while disqualified.

Amber Ann MacPhail was sentenced to 75 days in jail for driving while her licence was suspended.

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr sentenced her to 15 days for failing to comply with a provision in a court order that stipulated she must refrain from consuming alcohol for 72 hours before reporting to the jail for an intermittent sentence.

 She received a further 30 days in jail for violating that same court order a second time.

 All sentences were made consecutive to each other.

 MacPhail had multiple prior convictions for operating a motor vehicle while disqualified.

 She also had a prior conviction for impaired driving.

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Upon completion of her sentence the accused will be placed on probation for 12 months.

While on probation she must undergo assessment, counseling and treatment, if required, for the use of alcohol and/or drugs or any other underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.

 Orr observed that MacPhail has a significant problem with alcohol and an attitude problem.

 She noted this case had been before the court on several previous occasions and that on a number of those occasions MacPhail did not show up, prompting the court to issue warrants for her arrest.