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Drunk P.E.I. driver causes three-vehicle accident

A man and a woman, in two separate incidents, were charged with impaired driving in Stephenville on Saturday.
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A P.E.I. man who caused a three-vehicle collision at a red light while he was driving drunk was sentenced recently to three days in jail.

Robert John Pritchard, 55, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

The court heard that on Feb. 6 at around 7:20 p.m., the police responded to a complaint about a three-vehicle collision on Kirkwood Drive in Charlottetown.

Pritchard caused the accident by running into the back of a vehicle stopped at a red light.

That vehicle then hit another that was stopped in front of it.

Pritchard later provided breathalyzer samples that were three times the legal limit.

Before hearing his sentence, Pritchard addressed the court to say he couldn’t begin to express how ashamed he was and if there was any positive to it all, it was that no one was hurt.

“I put people at risk. I’m aware of this and I feel terrible about it.”

- Robert John Pritchard

“I put people at risk. I’m aware of this and I feel terrible about it,” he said.

Along with the jail time, Pritchard must pay a $1,400 fine and he is banned from driving for one year.

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