A driver who was pulled over with three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system has received a hefty fine and lengthy driving ban.
Initially, after being pulled over the driver said he’d had three beers, but his blood-alcohol level suggested he’d drank more.
“Quite likely more than three beers,” Crown attorney Rich Lonstrup remarked as the driver was sentenced in Brandon court on Thursday.
Nicholas Sean Mini, 29, was fined $1,900 and banned from driving for 18 months.
On May 30, police spotted Mini driving near the corner of Victoria Avenue and Fotheringham Drive.
The reason he was initially stopped differs between Crown and defence. It was for either poor lighting on the vehicle or for an obstructed licence plate.
Mini had no ID, his licence had been suspended, and he had an odour of liquor on his breath.
He said he’d had three beers and showed no signs of being drunk other than the smell of his breath, but tests at the police station showed that he was at three times the legal limit.
Mini — who’d had a number of passengers in the vehicle with him — later admitted that he’d downed 15 cans of beer throughout the night.
Defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett said Mini hadn’t been able to pay for his licence.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 6, 2014