11 February 2019 0 Comments Posted By : Edited by Iain Mackenzie

Drunk Driver Causes Three-vehicle Collision in Charlottetown


A 55-year-old man in Charlottetown, P.E.I, has been charged with impaired driving after being in an accident involving a three-vehicle collision on  Wednesday the 6th of February.

According to the report onThe Guardian, Charlottetown police were called to the accident at the intersection of Kirkwood Drive and Queen Street at 7:20 p.m.

A vehicle approaching the intersection had failed to stop and rear ended the vehicle ahead of it. This caused that vehicle to rear end another vehicle that was stopped in front of it, resulting in the damage of three vehicles, of which two had to be towed from the scene. The involved parties sustainedno injuries.

Following investigations, Police discovered that the driver of the third vehicle who had caused the collision had been driving under the influence of alcohol and promptly arrested him. He would appear in provincial court at a later date.

Apparently, cases of driving under the influence appear to be on the rise in Charlottetown. Last week, a 20-year-old Charlottetown man was arrested by the police and charged with impaired driving.

While on routine patrol at MacRae Drive on Saturday, Charlottetown police observed an unstable driver. After he was pulled over, police discovered that the driver displayed signs of impairment by alcohol. He was arrested and later charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and will appear in provincial court at a later date.

Charlottetown police are trying to curb similar incidences and have urged the public to report any instances of impaired driving by calling 911.

In a similar event,  a 29-year-old man who was found unconscious in his vehicle which was parked but with the engine still running, at an intersection in Dartmouth after driving drunk was sentenced recently to 40 days in jail on several charges.

The Guardian reports that Joe Roddie Clair appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he was sentenced for failing the breathalyzer, driving while prohibited, breaching his probation and breaching a recognizance.

According to details from the court proceedings,the police were dispatched to a call about a suspicious vehicle in Dartmouth. When police arrived at the scene, Clair was found drunk and passed out behind the wheels.

At the time of the incident, Claire was under a three-year driving prohibition that started in 2014.

Before hearing his sentence, Clair addressed the court to say he apologized for the issues he has been dealing with and brought to Charlottetown. He further told the court thatfor the first time in his life, he was undergoing inpatient treatment for his drinking problems.

After sentencing Clair, judge Orr said she hopes he gets to the Rising Sun Treatment Centre where he was getting treated, stays as long as he needs and follows through on whatever he has to do.

Orr also said Clair’s sentence wasn’t as high as it might otherwise have been because of his record, but it allows him to get to the treatment centre.

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