A speeding drunk driver who didn’t wait long enough before deciding to drive was fined $1,300 in Sarnia court on Tuesday.

Jack Schauteet, 21, of Sarnia pleaded Tuesday to the Dec. 21, 2014 charge of impaired driving in Plympton-Wyoming.

At approximately 3 a.m., Schauteet was seen driving 140 kilometres per hour in an 80-kilometre zone, going onto the road’s shoulder and crossing into the wrong lane.

Breath tests showed Schauteet’s blood-alcohol level was one-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Schauteet had stayed later than planned at a friend’s home before driving to allow his blood-alcohol level to drop, but he was still affected by alcohol, said defence lawyer James Guggisberg.

“I made a really bad decision,” said Schauteet, who had no criminal record.

Schauteet had previously been given a three-day licence suspension due to a breath-test reading in the warn range. The limit set in the Criminal Code for drunk driving is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The warn range that brings a three-day suspension is between 50 and 80 milligrams.

On Dec. 21, Schauteet was a risk to himself and others, said assistant Crown attorney Luigi Perzia, who sought a fine of between $1,300 and $1,500.

The minimum fine for a first offence is $1,000.

Schauteet’s case was all too familiar and showed that alcohol impairs driving and decision-making, said Justice Mark Hornblower.

A one-year driving ban was also imposed.

Source: The Observer