The new year is off to a bad start for a man who made the mistake of drinking and then getting behind the wheel in an effort to free his stuck car.
“I have a new year’s gift for you, it’s a great big fine and driving prohibition,” Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta told Michael Joseph Racette in court. “Happy New Year … do it again and I’ll put you in jail.”
Racette, 34, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.
Police were called to the 400-block of Kirkcaldy Drive around 6:30 am. on Jan. 1.
The caller reported that a car was stuck and its driver, who appeared intoxicated, was trying to get it free.
Police found the car hung up on a boulevard. The driver of a truck was trying to give the car a push back onto the street, bumper to bumper.
Racette was inside the car which was backing up, and police switched on their emergency lights.
Racette had been at a nearby party and had loaned the car to a pair of female friends who got it stuck on the boulevard.
When he heard what had happened, he tried to get it unstuck himself.
The problem was, he had a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit.
He also had a previous conviction for impaired driving.
For this latest offence, Hewitt-Michta fined Racette $2,000 and banned him from driving for 18 months.