Two Islanders received jail sentences after pleading guilty to impaired driving related charges in Georgetown provincial court on Thursday.
Mary Lee Zinc, 63, of Lower Montague, was sentenced to five days in jail, ordered to pay a $1,200 fine and $360 surcharge, and prohibited from driving a motor vehicle for one year, after pleading guilty to failing to comply with a demand to provide a breath sample.
On Feb. 4, the RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver at the Montague liquor store. Nearby officers made an immediate patrol to the liquor store and located Zinc in a vehicle. She exhibited signs of alcohol impairment and was arrested and read a demand to supply breath samples. Zinc was transported to the Montague RCMP office where she failed to provide breath samples.
Torson Nicholas Ohlandt, 37, of Georgetown, was sentenced to seven days in jail, ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and $450 surcharge, and prohibited from driving for one year after pleading guilty to driving over 80 mgs/100ml.
On Jan. 12, the RCMP received a complaint that a possible impaired driver was leaving the Montague Superstore. The caller provided a description of the vehicle.
A short time later, the RCMP located the vehicle near the roundabout in Poole’s Corner. The officer followed the vehicle a short distance and observed it cross the centre line and, as a result, the vehicle was stopped.
Ohlandt exhibited signs of alcohol impairment and was read a demand to provide breath samples. He was taken to the Montague RCMP office where he provided breath samples almost three times the 80 mg/100 ml legal limit.
As apparent in these two cases, reports from the public continue to play an important role in the apprehension of impaired drivers in P.E.I. Police officers take these tips very seriously, and make every possible effort to locate the vehicle, and ascertain if the driver is impaired by alcohol or some other substance.
Anyone who sees a suspected impaired driver is asked to call 911 and pass on the information.