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‘Grossly intoxicated’ P.E.I. man breaches probation fewer than 24 hours after release from custody

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A P.E.I. man who was so intoxicated he couldn’t stand up fewer than 24 hours after he was released from custody on other charges was sentenced recently to 30 days in jail.

Michael John Gallie, 59, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching his probation.

During his previous court appearance, Gallie was sentenced to 22 days in jail on two different probation breaches and released after credit for time served.  

The court heard the police arrested Gallie on Aug. 5 after responding to a call about a male who was covered in blood.

When they arrived, the police followed a blood trail and found Gallie leaning against a backyard fence.

Gallie, who had a large gash on his chin and was covered in dried blood, told police he fell.

The police noted Gallie was highly intoxicated, and the court heard he was on probation with a condition that he not be outside his residence while under the influence of alcohol.

Gallie also breached that condition on Aug. 3 when the police arrested him after a call that he was causing a disturbance.

Crown attorney Lisa Goulden told the court Gallie went to a residence under the influence of alcohol the day after his release on those previous offences. 

He was subject to a probation condition that he not have any contact with the woman who lived there. 

In another incident the police responded to a call about a man who was passed out and they found Gallie so intoxicated he couldn't get up, Goulden said.

She noted Gallie was released from custody on Aug. 22, and by 9:30 a.m. the next day he was “grossly intoxicated.”

Gallie told the court it’s important for him to keep working or he will lose his apartment if he loses his job.

He understands his actions and alcoholism are compromising everything, Gallie said.

“I’m sorry about that.” 

Douglas allowed Gallie to serve his latest sentence on weekends, which included a condition he not consume any alcohol within 48 hours prior to reporting to the jail.


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