When the driver of a Toyota Camry raced through an Elm Street intersection two years ago, it caught the attention of a Greater Sudbury Police officer.
When he pulled the vehicle over he noticed a strong odour of marijuana coming through the open windows. The driver, Jeffrey Drysdale, had glassy eyes, was sweating and was fidgety.
Drysdale also had a hard time answering questions, repeated what he was saying, appeared agitated and dropped some of his documents out of the vehicle.
Drysdale said he and his girlfriend were under the influence of methadone.
The officer arranged for two drug recognition expert officers to examine Drysdale. They both felt he was impaired by drugs and, as a result, he was charged with impaired driving.
Toxicology testing turned up a number of drugs, including methadone.
Drysdale, 34, recently pled guilty to impaired driving regarding the incident, which happened on Sept. 5, 2015.
He was fined $1,000, issued a one-year licence suspension and put on one year of probation.
The penalties had been suggested in a joint sentencing submission by the Crown and defence lawyer Denis Michel.
“You do have a record,” Ontario Court Justice Randall Lalande told Drysdale. “You will have to stop adding to it with your driving. Today could have much different had someone been injured or had there been an accident causing harm or damage.”
“I have quit cold turkey over a year now,” Drysdale told Lalande from the prisoner’s box.
As a result of the guilty plea, charges of dangerous driving and possession of a substance were withdrawn by the Crown.
Michel said at the time of the incident Drysdale had been treated at hospital for a leg injury and received medication. He was also on the prescribed methadone program.
“The penalty that will be imposed will cause severe consequences (to my client),” said Michel. “He is a self-employed contractor and will have to get someone to drive him around or work for somebody else.”
The probation order includes a condition that Drysdale take drug counselling.
“There are some difficulties with drugs in the past,” noted assistant Crown attorney Jeffrey Martin, referring to Drysdale’s criminal record. “It seems they have spread into the driving record and that presents a risk to the public. Fortunately, no one was injured. There was no accident.”
Source: The Sudbury Star