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Drunk driver sentenced after lack of beds at P.E.I. jail

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After a delay because of a lack of beds at the Provincial Correctional Centre, a P.E.I. man who gave breathalyzer samples that were more than 2.5 times the legal limit was sentenced recently to seven days in jail.

Jack Kameron MacPhail, 21, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing after previously entering a guilty plea.

Instead of also giving MacPhail a fine, Orr placed him on probation for one year because of his underlying addiction issues and having to wait to be sentenced.

Because of precautionary measures in place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there were no beds available at the jail the day MacPhail pleaded guilty.

Orr said it wasn’t MacPhail’s fault he had to go back to court a second time.

MacPhail will also have to perform 50 hours of community service and he is banned from driving for one year.

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