stock image of a police officer stopping a suspected drunk driverA Sarnia man stopped by police the morning after an evening of alcohol consumption was found to have a blood-alcohol level nearly 2.5 times the legal limit.

Kenneth Albert Tait, 58, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the Sept. 20 charge of impaired driving. He was fined $1,700 and given a two-year driving ban.

Court was told that Tait was driving toward the train station at 5:30 a.m. when he was stopped by police while he slowed to a near stop at a green traffic light. Tait told the officer he had nearly stopped the vehicle to check street names while finding the train station. He said he had his final alcoholic drink the previous evening at 9 p.m.

Breath tests showed Tait’s blood-alcohol level was nearly 2.5 times the legal limit.

Tait had two prior drinking-and-driving convictions, but the Crown was not relying on the record for a jail sentence.

The prior convictions were somewhat dated, said defence lawyer John Lee. The most recent conviction was 12 years ago.

The very high blood-alcohol level and the past convictions warranted a $2,000 fine, said assistant Crown attorney Krista Leszczynski.

Lee sought a fine lower than $2,000.

Justice Jonathon George imposed a $1,700 fine and a two-year driving ban.

Source: The Sarnia Observer