Three drunk drivers including one riding an e-bike were fined Monday in Sarnia court.
James Cord, 69, of Point Edward pleaded guilty to impaired driving of an e-bike.
On Sept. 15 at 7:54 p.m. Cord was weaving along a Point Edward street on a e-bike with no headlight while he was not wearing a helmet.
Cord hit the curb and almost fell trying to get off the bike after being stopped by police.
Breath tests showed Cord’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. Cord, who had a 2012 conviction for drinking-and-driving, was under a driving suspension.
“I didn’t realize I was not allowed (to ride an e-bike),” said Cord.
Cord is not the first person and not likely the last to be charged with impaired driving on e-bike, said Justice Mark Hornblower who explained e-bikes were covered under the law.
Cord’s record and his high blood-alcohol level warranted a $2,000 fine, said assistant Crown attorney Aniko Coughlan.
In addition to the fine and a three-year driving ban a year’s probation was imposed when Cord must take counseling.
Justin Shane Greenbird, 40, of Lambton Shores pleaded guilty to impaired driving and was fined $2,500.
On Aug. 5 in Plympton-Wyoming a citizen called police after watching Greenbird’s weaving vehicle drive onto the road’s shoulder. The were also near-collisions caused by the weaving, according to the citizen.
A police officer saw the vehicle hit the shoulder twice and stopped it.
There were empty and full beer cans in the vehicle’s back seat and Greenbird smelled strongly of alcohol.
Breath tests showed Greenbird’s blood-alcohol level was more than triple the legal limit.
Greenbird posed a danger to the public and had a 1999 drinking-and-driving conviction, said Coughlan who sought a $2,500 fine.
“I know what I did was wrong,” said Greenbird.
If the citizen had not called police, there could have been more tragic consequences, said Hornblower.
A two-year driving ban was also imposed.
Grace E. Myers, 34, of Merlin pleaded guilty to impaired driving following a tractor pull and was fined $1,000.
Myers was stopped at an OPP RIDE check on Oct. 6 and admitted she had been drinking at a tractor pull. There were empty and full beer cans in the vehicle.
Breath tests showed Myers’ blood-alcohol level was one-and-a-half times the legal limit. She had no criminal record.
A one-year driving ban was also imposed.
Source: The Sarnia Observer