A drunk driver caught with a nine-year-old child in the back seat was pulled over after taking the wheel from another nervous driver.
“It’s a decision he wishes he hadn’t made,” defence lawyer Bob Harrison said as the man was sentenced in Brandon court on Thursday.
Carlos Javier Orantes Bermudez, 32, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood to alcohol level over the legal limit.
On the evening of July 1, RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle swerving along Highway 10 north of Brandon. The southbound vehicle was also speeding up and slowing down.
Police intercepted the vehicle near the Brandon airport and the driver, Orantes Bermudez, admitted to having three drinks earlier.
He had no problem walking, but tests showed he had nearly triple the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
There were four other people in the vehicle at the time, including a nine-year-old child in the back seat.
At the RCMP detachment, Orantes Bermudez admitted to having three drinks earlier that day, but had also drank a large amount of alcohol earlier in the morning.
Harrison said that the mother of the child was initially driving but she was inexperienced, got nervous and was swerving all over the road.
Orantes Bermudez took the wheel and had been driving for a couple of kilometres before he was pulled over.
Judge John Combs fined Orantes Bermudez $2,500 and banned him from driving for 18 months.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 24, 2012