Breathalyzer refusal brings jail term

Published on January 7, 2016

A 44-year-old Charlottetown woman was sentenced in provincial court to serve 10 days in jail for refusing to provide a sample of her breath for a breathalyzer test.

Krista Lynn Gormley was also fined $1,200 and ordered to pay a victims of crime surcharge of $360.

Gormley was charged following a single-vehicle accident in October in which her vehicle struck a pole and left the road.

Her vehicle sustained extensive damage.

The court was told that Gormley had been unco-operative with police and was belligerent towards them.

At one point she made a fist and gestured towards the face of one of the officers.

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr noted that Gormley had no prior record but expressed concern over her conduct towards police at the time of her arrest.

Orr said the job police have to do is difficult enough without having to deal with people who conduct themselves the way Gormley did on this occasion.