A Charlottetown man who said he was driving drunk after getting news that two family members had been killed was recently fined $2,000.
Robert Aimee, 48, appeared before Judge Jeff Lantz in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to drunk driving.
Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court that on June 12, Aimee was seen swerving and going through a yellow light.
Aimee later provided breathalyzer samples that were around twice the legal limit.
MacDonald said the police found Aimee had an open bottle of rum beside him in the vehicle.
The court heard Aimee was apologetic and emotional when dealing with the police.
Defence lawyer Alex Dalton told the court it was a difficult day for Aimee who got word that two of his cousins had been killed.
Speaking through a translator, Aimee told the court he doesn’t have a problem with alcohol but was drinking that day because of the news about his cousins.
Along with the fine, Aimee must pay a $600 victim surcharge and is banned from driving for one year.