P.E.I. drunk driver caught twice in less than two months

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 17, 2016

PROVINCIAL COURT

A woman who was caught behind the wheel while drunk twice within less than two months was sentenced today to 33 days in jail.

Cheryl Dawn Lynch, 37, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to two charges.

The court heard that on Oct. 2, 2015, the police were dispatched after a report of a possible drunk driver.

They found Lynch in the driver’s seat of her parked vehicle with the keys on the passenger seat.

Breathalyzer samples later showed her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

On Dec. 2, 2015, police received two complaints about Lynch’s driving.

When they found her, Lynch was passed out in her vehicle’s driver’s seat.

At the time, Lynch was on a 90-day driving prohibition after the first offence and the police arrested her for having care and control of a vehicle while drunk.

Again she provided breathalyzer samples that were more than twice the legal limit.

Lynch’s lawyer told the court his client struggled with drinking, but hadn’t consumed alcohol since the incidents.

Douglas sentenced Lynch to three days in jail on the first offence and 30 days for the second, all to be served on weekends.

Lynch will have to pay a $1,000 fine and $400 in victim surcharges.

She is banned from driving for 18 months.