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P.E.I. man tries to drive drunk after refusing taxi ride at Charlottetown casino

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A P.E.I. man who wouldn’t accept an offer of a taxi ride when he was refused service at the Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park was recently fined $1,000 after he tried to drive while drunk.

Samuel Enoch McCann, 63, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to having care and control of a vehicle while drunk.

The court heard that on Oct. 12 at around 2 a.m., the police were called to a complaint about a possible impaired driver at the race track.

Staff refused to serve McCann because he was intoxicated, and an employee repeatedly asked him if he wanted to take a taxi, which he declined.

When McCann went to his vehicle, he got in and started it, but the employee took his keys out before McCann was able to drive away.

McCann later provided breathalyzer samples that were almost twice the legal limit.

Along with the fine, McCann is banned from driving for one year.

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