As an example of just how drunk drunk drivers can get in Brandon, a city judge sentenced two who got caught at far above triple the legal limit.
Both drivers were sentenced in Brandon provincial court on Thursday morning.
“You were obviously severely intoxicated ... anyone who can consume that much alcohol and can still be standing, let alone operating a motor vehicle, obviously has had a fair amount of practice with consuming alcohol,” Judge John Combs told one of the offenders.
In the first case, a drunk driver caused a collision, then yelled at the driver whose car he’d hit.
A woman was driving on the 1700-block of Victoria Avenue around 12 p.m. on May 24 and she’d begun to slow down because of bad road conditions.
At that moment, she looked into her sideview mirror and saw a Jeep wander into her lane and hit her car.
The woman then followed the Jeep, which stopped down the road. She and her passenger then confronted the Jeep driver, Robert Dale Lambert, who yelled at them.
Police arrived on scene just then and pulled up beside Lambert’s vehicle, which crept forward until police told him to stop it.
Lambert was intoxicated and confused about where he was coming from, and unsure of whether he’d been in an accident.
Breath tests showed he had about three and a half times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
Lambert, 40, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, and to driving while disqualified as he’d failed to renew his licence.
Combs fined him $2,000 and banned him from driving for 18 months on the drunk driving charge, and fined him a further $200 for driving disqualified.
Combs then gave Rochelle Lee Anne Martin the same $2,000 fine and 18-month driving ban for a similar, but separate, drunk driving incident.
Martin, 33, was driving a pickup truck around 6 p.m on May 31 when the truck broke down on the 1800-block of Patricia Avenue.
When police approached to help, they noted that Martin smelled of liquor and
was obviously intoxicated with glassy eyes and poor balance.
Police also learned that Martin was on an order to abstain from alcohol, and breath samples placed her at three and a half to three and three-quarter times the legal limit. Martin was fined $200 for the breach.
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