keys in an alcoholic drinkA man was three times over the legal limit when he drove to a Sudbury grocery store to get juice for his grandson.

As a result, Donald Cormier, of Chapeau, will spend 30 days in jail for his third drinking and driving conviction.

“So, why were you driving that night?” Ontario Court Justice Normand Glaude asked after Cormier pleaded guilty to impaired driving and driving while suspended.

“The baby, a two-year-old grandson, needed juice,” he answered. “The wife was sleeping, so I took a chance … I was wrong.”

Glaude said he agreed with the Crown that a jail term was warranted.

“This is your third impaired,” he told Cormier. “You have to go to jail.”

Cormier’s two prior impaired driving convictions occurred in 1990 in Chapleau and in 2000.

Glaude, acknowledging that Cormier has to travel to Toronto by bus weekly to receive specialized pain relief shots, allowed him to serve his 30 days jail intermittently.

In addition to the 30 days intermittent jail, Glaude issued a two-year licence suspension.

The court heard Greater Sudbury Police were contacted by Vrab’s Independent Grocer staff on Regent Street between 6 and 7 p.m. Sept. 3 after dealing with an intoxicated customer who then drove away in a Ford Taurus.

Officers checking out the report went to Cormier’s Copper Street residence and saw Cormier getting out of the driver’s side of the car and removing groceries.

Cormier had an odour of alcohol on his breath and also admitted he had drank two beers earlier. He then failed a Roadside breath test and it was also learned he was a suspended driver for unpaid fines.

Cormier later produced Intoxilyzer readings of 240 and 230, the first reading being three times over the legal limit of 80 while driving.

Defence lawyer Denis Michel said Cormier, who is from Chapleau, but also spends time in Greater Sudbury, has serious health issues that involve mental health, pain, and internal issues, and is currently taking 10 medications.

“He has serious injuries he has to travel to Toronto for now on a weekly basis,” said Michel.

The Crown was opposed to Cormier serving the time intermittently. Assistant Crown attorney Greg Black said that while the man has a complicated health situation and care, “nonetheless, this man has issues with alcohol. Thirty days of custody is called for justifiably to hopefully deter Mr. Cormier and the community.”

Source: The Sudbury Star