Judge sentences man to 60-day intermittent sentence

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Driving with a blood-alcohol level of close to three times the legal limit has cost a Bracebridge man.

Conrad Tomporowski, 48, appeared in the Ontario court of justice in Bracebridge on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to answer to drinking and driving charges.

Crown attorney Ray Williams said on June 16, an officer with the Bracebridge OPP conducted a traffic stop on Muskoka Road 169 in the Township of Muskoka Lakes on a vehicle that was travelling in excess of the posted 80 kilometres per hour speed limit.

“It was pretty clear that the driver had been drinking,” said Williams. “The driver admitted to drinking and the officer further suspected that he had alcohol in his system.”

“These are serious offenses, particularly because you have both of these charges on your record previously,” Justice Anastasia Nichols.

As a result of registering a fail on a roadside screening device test, Tomporowski was subsequently transported to the Bracebridge OPP detachment just before 9 p.m. Further testing revealed a blood-alcohol level of 230 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Further investigation also revealed that Tomporowski was driving while under suspension.

Williams suggested that Tomporowski is struggling with alcohol issues, as the officer did not detect any signs of impairment despite having close to three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

“These are serious offenses, particularly because you have both of these charges on your record previously,” said Justice Anastasia Nichols.

Tomporowski’s lawyer, Peter Ward, assured the court that his client would receive alcohol counselling through his employer.

“I think that he will be in good hands,” said Ward.

Tomporowski was sentenced to a 60-day intermittent sentence and will serve his sentence on weekends, from 6 p.m. on Friday evening to 6 a.m. on Monday morning. Until the full 60-day sentence is served, Tomporowski will be on probation.

“It is very fortunate that you are able to keep your employment,” said Justice Nichols.

Tomporowski was further sentenced to a two-year driving prohibition and a $200 victim fine surcharge.

Source: MuskokaRegion.com