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Impaired driver from P.E.I. who was drunk at work jailed

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A P.E.I. man who was described as being so drunk he was crawling on the floor at his job and then drove was sentenced recently to seven days in jail.

Robert Mitchell MacPhail, 54, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer.

The court heard that on March 18 a Stratford Sobeys employee called the police to report a janitor was asked to leave because he was drunk.

MacPhail’s coworker described him as being so drunk he could barely speak and was crawling on the floor.

The police were told MacPhail drove away and when they found him, he had a paper bag with a mostly empty bottle of rum in it in his vehicle.

MacPhail later provided breathalyzer samples that were more than 2.5 times the legal limit.

Before hearing his sentence, MacPhail addressed the court to apologize.

“It was a terrible decision,” he said.

MacPhail told the court he has a mouthful of “broken teeth” and they were bothering him so he went to get rum thinking it would help.

He didn’t realize how much he drank, MacPhail said.

Along with the jail time, MacPhail must pay a $1,000 fine and he is banned from driving for one year.

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