Banned driver receives more jail time

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 19, 2016

Banned driver receives more jail time

A Milton Station man who was already serving time for driving when he wasn't supposed to got six months added to his sentence Tuesday.

Jody Arthur Peterson, 40, appeared before Justice Ben Taylor in P.E.I. Supreme Court in Charlottetown after previously pleading guilty to driving while prohibited.

The court heard that on the night of his arrest an RCMP officer thought he recognized Peterson following him in a white Ford Mustang.

Another officer pulled Peterson over and arrested him.

Peterson was bound by two driving prohibitions at the time and has been serving a six-month sentence on one of them.

The Crown and defence made a joint recommendation of six months in jail consecutive to any sentence he is already serving.

Crown attorney Gerald Quinn also asked for a five-year driving prohibition and said Peterson has a problem with driving while banned.

"The reality, as he has learned, is that the penalty just gets more aggravated as he goes," Quinn said.

Peterson's lawyer asked for a three-year driving ban, which would be the minimum in his case.

Before hearing the sentence, Peterson stood and thanked the court for an earlier adjournment that gave him time to get a lawyer.

"This case played a toll on me," he said.

Peterson detailed some of his father's ongoing health concerns and said he just wants to move on with his life so he can spend time with his father and children.

The court heard Peterson has six children.

"I want to change for them," he said.

Peterson has $27,846.50 in outstanding fines and has been working six hours a day in the jail's kitchen to put money toward the balance.

He also said he has started attending church regularly.

In handing down a sentence, Taylor said it was based mostly on what Peterson had to say in court.

Along with the jail time, Taylor gave Peterson the lesser driving ban of three years consecutive to any other he is subject to.

Taylor also ordered Peterson to pay a mandatory $200 victim surcharge within two years, although he said it was difficult to come up with a realistic timeframe for payment in his case.