A drunk driver’s wrong turn has landed him a high fine.
Darryl Lee Nepinak pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court on Thursday to impaired driving.
At 3:25 a.m on Aug. 6, police spotted a van travelling the wrong way down one-way Rosser Avenue. The van turned off of that street and police caught up with it on Pacific Avenue.
The driver, Nepinak, smelled of alcohol and rambled as he spoke and needed help from police to walk.
During his ride in the police car, he kissed the silent partner — the Plexiglas-like barrier that separates prisoners in the back seat from police officers in the front.
Defence lawyer Philip Sieklicki said 40-year-old Nepinak hadn’t been in Brandon long and wasn’t familiar with its streets. In his drunken state, he drove the wrong way down the avenue.
Nepinak had unwisely mixed alcohol with Tylenol 3s he’d taken to deal with a painful dental problem, Sieklicki said.
Nepinak was fined $1,400 and banned from driving for a year.
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