A Greater Sudbury man has been fined $1,000 and lost his driver’s licence for a year after being caught driving drunk in Grande Prairie, Alta., in March.

“I want to move forward,” Nicholas Channon told Ontario Court Justice John Keast on Wednesday just before receiving the penalties. “I regret my actions that night.”

Channon, who represented himself, had pleaded guilty to impaired driving. The charge had been transferred to the Sudbury Courthouse from Grande Prairie as Channon, now 25, lives and works in the Nickel Capital.

The court heard that about 2:40 p.m. March 17, Channon was driving a vehicle northbound on 100 Street in the Alberta city when a police officer saw him driving through a red light. The driver then stopped in the middle of the intersection before continuing.

The police officer then stopped the vehicle and found Channon had a “soft face” featuring glossy eyes, slurred speech, and had difficulty speaking and keeping his eyes open.

Channon then failed a roadside breath test and did further breath tests which produced readings of 180 and 170 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, both more than double the legal allowable level of 80 while driving.

Channon, who had no prior record, works in the mining field.

Source: The Sudbury Star