It looks like police showed up just in time to help a little girl whose dad was about to make a big mistake.
The man behind the wheel — who had more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system — was about to drive off with his young daughter in the back seat of his truck, court heard.
"It’s one thing, I guess, to perhaps risk your own safety … it’s another thing to risk the safety of your child," Judge John Combs told Leslie Paul Roulette in court on Monday.
Roulette, 34, pleaded guilty to having care and control of a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.
Crown attorney Grant Hughes said police checked the truck around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 21 after they found it parked in a lot outside the Crystal Hotel downtown. The truck was running and the keys were in the ignition.
Roulette was in the driver’s seat while his five-year-old daughter was lying in the back seat.
Initially, Roulette said he hadn’t been drinking, but police noted that he had watery eyes and smelled of liquor.
Roulette then admitted that he’d had several beers earlier that day. Back at the police station, he provided breath samples that showed he had a blood-alcohol level far above the legal limit.
Defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett said Roulette had been drinking at the Crystal Hotel earlier in the evening, then went to a west-end motel where his family was living.
There, Roulette thought he’d slept off the effects of the alcohol and then decided he wanted to retrieve his vehicle from the Crystal Hotel.
However, his wife wasn’t at the motel where they were staying. If Roulette had left his daughter behind, she would have been alone, Fawcett said.
No mention was made of how Roulette and his daughter got to the Crystal Hotel.
However, Fawcett said Roulette was warming the truck outside the hotel and intended to drive, but the vehicle hadn’t moved at the time police arrived.
In court, Combs fined Roulette $1,400 and banned him from driving for a year.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 4, 2014