A drunk driver who crashed a stolen pickup truck into a parked car and tree was fined $1,700 and placed on a year’s probation in Sarnia court.

Jesse Eric Alkerton, 22, of Sarnia pleaded guilty to the Sept. 27, 2014 charge of impaired driving and possession of the stolen truck.

On Sept. 27 at approximately 3 a.m., Alkerton drove out of a Sarnia business with the stolen truck by crashing through a gate. On the street he hit a parked car and then a tree before fleeing the scene on foot.

Alkerton returned a short time later and admitted to a police officer he had been driving the truck. He suffered minor injuries.

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

The truck’s value was $1,000. There was no estimate of the damage to the parked vehicle.

Alkerton’s inexperience with alcohol led him into the tomfoolery that could have had more serious consequences, said defence lawyer James Guggisberg.

“It was a serious wake-up call and he’s gotten the message,” said Guggisberg, who sought a fine of $1,300 to $1,600.

Alkerton had no criminal record.

The incident indicated the dangers of impaired driving, said assistant Crown attorney Nick Cake, who sought an $1,800 fine.

The facts are concerning, but Alkerton’s age and lack of a record should be considered, said Justice Jonathon George.

George imposed a $1,700 fine and one-year driving ban, along with a year’s probation for possession of the stolen truck.

During probation Alkerton must take counselling.

Source: theobserver.ca