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P.E.I. drunk driver's free beer cost him $1,300, one day in jail

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - What he said was a free beer proved costly for a P.E.I. man who was caught driving drunk.

Vernon D. Docherty, 64, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer.

The court heard that on Oct. 21 at around 1:40 a.m. the police arrested Docherty after he went to a police checkstop.

Docherty later provided breathalyzer samples that were above the legal limit.

Before hearing his sentence, Docherty said he was sorry for what he did.

“It was a free beer that got me there,” he said.

Douglas responded that it turned out to be an expensive beer.

“It wasn’t free,” he said.

Along with sentencing Docherty to one day in jail, Douglas fined him $1,000 and ordered him to pay a $300 victim surcharge.

Docherty is banned from driving for one year.

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