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A man whose alarming drunk driving prompted at least two witnesses to call police has received a hefty fine.
“Your driving can only be described as bone-chilling on that particular day,” Judge John Combs said during sentencing on Monday.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, a witness called RCMP to report an erratic driver heading west on the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of North Cypress.
The witness provided a plate number to police for the vehicle that was weaving in and out of construction, tailgating and speeding.
The same witness later called back to tell RCMP that the vehicle was swerving badly and had hit pylons east of Carberry.
Another caller told police that the vehicle had cut him off and forced him off the road as he’d tried to pass.
The original caller then informed police that the vehicle had a flat tire and had stopped near Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
Police arrived to find one male trying to change the tire and three other males were also at the scene. There was an 18-pack of beer in the open trunk.
A witness helped identify the driver as Seril Mitchell Mazawasicuna, who had double the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
Mazawasicuna later pleaded guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit and to driving without a licence under the Highway Traffic Act.
In court on Monday, he was fined a total of $2,200 on both charges and banned from driving for two years.
In addition, Mazawasicuna pleaded guilty to theft for shoplifting beer from the Keystone Motor Inn vendor on Feb. 17 — twice, on the same evening.
Mazawasicuna took two eight-packs of beer from the cooler while two companions distracted the clerk.
One of those companions is alleged to have then robbed the vendor using a knife. That second man was charged with robbery with a weapon in connection with that offence.
Meanwhile, Mazawasicuna could be seen swiping the beer in the video surveillance footage that was reviewed by police as they investigated the robbery.
Mazawasicuna was fined $200 for the thefts.
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