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P.E.I. man who hit van with kids inside while drunk jailed for 70 days

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A Charlottetown man who was driving drunk when he hit a van that had kids in it was sentenced recently to 70 days in jail on two charges.

Ivor Connor Boswall, 22, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing on two counts of drunk driving.

The court heard that on April 22, Boswall was driving drunk when he collided with a van that had several children in it.

On May 18 he was caught driving drunk again, and the court heard his blood alcohol level was higher than the first time.

Crown attorney Chad McQuaid said Boswall’s conduct showed he seemingly didn’t learn his lesson after the first incident.

Defence lawyer Brendan Hubley said alcohol addiction is an issue for Boswall and he is taking steps to deal with it.

Before sentencing Boswall, Orr said he was on a driving prohibition from the first offence when he committed the second and was on probation from another matter at the time.

“It’s not a pretty picture, sir,” she said.

Orr allowed Boswall to serve the sentence intermittently so he can pay the more than $14,000 in restitution she ordered for damage to the van.

Boswall will also be on probation for two years, during which time he is banned from operating any motor vehicle.

He must also perform 100 hours of community service and will be under a separate two-year driving prohibition. 

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