Kings county drivers attract attention, end up in jail

Nigel Armstrong
Published on July 7, 2014

Kings County Provincial Court, Georgetown.

Drunk or disqualified drivers in Kings county are doing all they can to attract the attention of police.

Driving the wrong way around the Roseneath traffic circle is one way. So too is driving through a service station parking lot to avoid a red traffic light.

Both  caught the attention of Kings district RCMP on patrol earlier this year.

The roundabout event happened on June 2. Officers stopped the wayward vehicle and observed clear signs of impairment from driver Elizabeth Ann Paynter, 66, of Montague.

She was in Kings provincial court last week to plead guilty to drinking and driving. Judge Nancy Orr sentenced Paynter to three days in jail, a fine of $1,000 and a victims of crime surcharge of $300.

Paynter is banned from driving for one year.

Also in court that same day was Derrick Bruce Gormley, 28, of Montague. He was trying to dodge a red light by cutting through a parking lot on Feb. 19 this year, about 11:55 p.m. but was seen by an officer on patrol.

After being stopped, police found that Gormley had a passenger on board. He was under a probation order to have no contact with that person. Gormley also had a court order still in effect, banning him from driving.

Orr sentenced him to 60 days in jail for driving while disqualified, plus 30 more days in jail for breaching his probation order.

He is banned from driving for another 18 months and must pay a total of $200 to the victims of crime fund.