An alcoholic drink sits next to car keys and handcuffs.Driving drunk for the fourth time landed Alan Perry in jail, where he will stay for four months.

At Bracebridge criminal court Tuesday, July 5, the 54-year-old Magnetawan resident pleaded guilty to operation of a vehicle with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Perry was driving northbound on Highway 11 in Gravenhurst at 7 p.m. on April 23 when police pulled him over to ask about his noisy loud muffler, Crown attorney Doug Kasko said.

The officer noticed the smell of alcohol and Perry admitted to having a couple of beers at a casino beforehand. He failed the roadside breath test and was arrested. At the Bracebridge OPP detachment, Perry was found to have 129 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

“You’re either committed to getting help, or you’re not.” – Judge Evans

Kasko said this is Perry’s fourth conviction related to impaired driving and asked he serve a six-month jail sentence.

Defence lawyer Robin Bellows asked for a lesser penalty because “his readings were low all things considered.”

Perry has been struggling with alcohol addiction for close to 20 years, but completed a treatment program after the incident, Bellows added. He’s been sober a month and a half.

Judge JD Evans sentenced Perry to four months in jail and a five-year driving prohibition. He did not give Perry probation because he hasn’t taken advantage of services in the past.

“You’re either committed to getting help, or you’re not,” said Judge Evans.

Source: MuskokaRegion.com