A man who was at three times the legal limit as he logged his fourth impaired driving conviction has been jailed.
“He obviously was heavily intoxicated at the time of this incident,” the man’s own lawyer, Sheldon Pinx, acknowledged.
In Brandon provincial court on Thursday, 35-year-old Blain Robert Deruyck pleaded guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, and to careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.
In the late afternoon of July 15, 2011, police received three separate reports of an erratic driver westbound on Highway 2.
The vehicle was all over the road, crossing the shoulder and the centre line, and nearly collided with oncoming traffic three times. At one point, it left the road and entered the ditch.
Police found the vehicle pulled over along Highway 10 and Deruyck passed out behind the wheel.
Highly intoxicated, Deruyck fumbled with the windshield washer switch when asked to put the vehicle in neutral, and police had to tell him how to use the gear shift.
Deruyck also had trouble speaking and walking, and breath tests showed he had triple the legal amount of alcohol in his system.
Police also learned that Deruyck was disqualified from driving.
In court, Deruyck also admitted to breaching his bail order by drinking alcohol in August 2012, and to failing to attend court in November 2012.
Judge John Combs sentenced him to 60 days in jail, minus 37 days pre-sentence custody, on the drunk driving charge. Deruyck has been in custody since May 28 when he was picked up on allegations he breached his bail order again, although those charges were dropped.
He was also fined a total of $1,800 for the driving while disqualified, careless driving, failing to appear in court and bail breach charges.
His jail time will be followed by one year of probation.