A P.E.I. man who was doing doughnuts in a parking lot after smoking cannabis was recently fined $1,000 and banned from driving for one year.
Joshua John Young Betts, 20, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing for impaired driving, breaching his probation and failing to attend court.
The court heard that on Jan. 25 the police responded to a call that Betts was doing doughnuts in a parking lot.
As they responded, the police saw Betts driving at a high speed and pulled him over.
The court heard police found a bag of cannabis in the vehicle and Betts admitted to smoking pot earlier in the day.
Betts failed a drug recognition expert test.
Crown attorney Lisa Goulden said the impaired driving was the most serious of the charges Betts was facing.
“It was extended and quite dangerous,” she said.
The court also heard Betts was on probation but moved twice without notifying his probation and later stopped reporting altogether.
Before hearing his sentence, Betts said he was very sorry for his actions.
“I have no excuses for what I did,” he said.
Douglas gave Betts a suspended sentence each on the probation breach and failing to attend court.
Along with the fine, Betts will be under a one-year driving prohibition.