Drunk driver gets jail time after causing crash

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 17, 2014
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A Scotchfort man who was driving drunk when he caused a crash that left one person trapped in a vehicle was sentenced to seven days in jail Tuesday.

Daniel Labobe, 20, appeared before provincial court Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown where he was scheduled for trial but changed his plea to guilty.

The court heard that on Aug. 19 Labobe was driving on Afton Road with three other people who had all gone to the beach together.

When one of the passengers told Labobe to slow down he lost control, the vehicle fishtailed and they ended up in the ditch.

Emergency personnel had to extract one of the passengers from the vehicle.

The RCMP arrived at the scene around 3:30 p.m. and Labobe got aggressive with emergency personnel.

Everyone involved in the accident was taken to hospital for observation and the RCMP later obtained a blood sample that showed Labobe's blood alcohol level was more than one and a half times the legal limit.

The court heard Labobe has since taken steps to deal with his addictions and attended a First Nations rehab program in New Brunswick.

Labobe asked to serve his sentence on weekends so he could continue to work.

In handing down the sentence, Orr said she considered that there was an accident and other people were in the vehicle, including one who had to be extracted.

"It certainly highlights the potential danger in respect to this matter," she said.

Along with the jail time, which Labobe will serve on weekends, Orr ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and a $150 victim surcharge.

Labobe is also banned from driving for one year.