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Young P.E.I. motorist pleads guilty to failing breathalyzer

FILE PHOTO: Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr.
Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr. - SaltWire Network

A young motorist who ended up in a field has pleaded guilty to failing a breathalyzer.

Darien Burleigh, 18, was sentenced to 15 days in jail to be served on consecutive weekends.

He is also prohibited from operating a motor vehicle for two years.

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr noted concern that Burleigh was under the legal drinking age and was operating under a graduated licence, which calls for motorists to have a zero-blood alcohol count when driving.

The incident occurred in the early evening of July 15 in Elmwood.

Burleigh told the court he was not drinking that day but had consumed a lot of alcohol the night before.

Orr told Burleigh to expect high insurance “if you can get it’’ when he is allowed to drive again.

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