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Charlottetown drunk driver with wine in vehicle jailed

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A Charlottetown woman who was driving drunk with her dog strapped into the passenger seat and a box of wine in her vehicle was sentenced recently to three days in jail.

Kristan Eileen McGrath, 33, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where she pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

Crown attorney Nathan Beck told the court that on Aug. 25, Queens District RCMP was on the lookout for a woman who was driving while intoxicated and had been involved in a mischief call in Cable Head. 

The police pulled McGrath over near Dunstaffnage and found she had her dog strapped into the passenger seat beside her.

Beck said the police saw blood on McGrath’s hands, the side of her face and the steering wheel.

They also found a four-litre box of white wine in the vehicle.

The court heard McGrath had been drinking with someone at a beach, but the other woman wouldn’t let her into the cottage where they were staying.

McGrath cut her hand trying to get in, Beck said.

After her arrest, McGrath provided breathalyzer samples that were above the legal limit.

Along with the jail time, McGrath must pay a $1,000 fine and a $300 victim surcharge. McGrath is banned from driving for one year. 

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