Sentence adjourned for drunk driver who struck New Glasgow restaurant

Ryan Ross
Published on February 19, 2016

Sentence adjourned for drunk driver

A man who was driving drunk and only had a learner's permit when his vehicle slammed into a restaurant in New Glasgow will get a chance to finish an addiction program before hearing his sentence.

Bradley Holland, 19, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer.

The court heard that on Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. a woman was stopped at an intersection in New Glasgow when she saw the vehicle Holland was driving go airborne into a field.

Holland's vehicle knocked over several trees before slamming into the Olde Glasgow Mill Restaurant.

The witness told police Holland got out of the vehicle, told her he was fine and sat down.

When the police arrived they found Holland's vehicle on the restaurant's porch and he told them he had been driving too fast.

The police found alcohol in Holland's vehicle.

Holland only had a learner's permit at the time and was alone in the vehicle.

Breathalyzer samples later showed his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Holland's lawyer Yolande Murphy told the court that since the incident her client had been to detox and started the Strength addiction treatment program.

Murphy said his case plan involves another seven to 11 weeks in the program and she asked for an adjournment to give him time to finish before sentencing.

Orr adjourned the case until March 30 to get a better estimate of when Holland will finish the program.

In doing so, Orr released Holland on an undertaking that included a condition he refrain from applying for a new learners permit or operating any motor vehicle until the matter is dealt with.