You don’t have to be driving a full-sized vehicle to be charged with impaired.
A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to impaired driving in Huntsville court on Dec. 9 for an incident that occurred in the downtown area. At roughly 7:30 a.m. on July 26, the accused was seen by a police officer driving an ATV along King William Street in Huntsville.
Crown attorney Barnes said once the accused was pulled over the officer noted a number of signs that the driver was intoxicated.
“He observed [the accused’s] speech to be slow and he had glassy eyes and an odour of alcohol on his breath,” said Barnes. “He kept using his arms to steady himself on his ATV and when [the accused] walked he appeared to be unsteady on his feet.”
This was his first impaired driving charge and he received a fine of $1,250 and a one-year driving prohibition.
When given a chance to speak, the accused said he has a problem.
“I acknowledge I made a mistake. I have made other mistakes in the past as well and I am 100 per cent ready to move on with my life and anything I can do to make that happen I am fully ready to do,” said the accused. “I didn’t think I had a problem – clearly I do.”