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Heading straight through a roundabout and rolling a vehicle sent a drunk driver to jail for 45 days.

Robert Carr, 23, of Plympton-Wyoming pleaded guilty Tuesday in Sarnia court to impaired driving.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Sept. 25, 2017 Carr was driving a vehicle when it struck the centre median of the Mandaumin and Lakeshore roads roundabout.

Carr’s vehicle rolled at least once and finally stopped 50 metres into a farm field.

Carr was standing at the roadside when police arrived and he was taken to hospital for a medical check.

Subsequent breath tests showed Carr’s blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit.

Carr is thankful nobody was hurt and he has started alcohol-abuse counseling, said defence lawyer Terry Brandon.

In 2016 Carr was convicted of a drinking-and-driving offence resulting in a notice from the Crown that an increased penalty would be sought for the 2017 incident.

There is a minimum 30-day jail sentence for a second conviction.

Carr is paying a great penalty for driving following a celebration of a new job, said Brandon who sought jail time close to the 30-day minimum.

Carr no longer has the temporary job.

Carr was a danger to himself and others when he rolled the vehicle, said assistant Crown attorney Aniko Coughlan who called for a 45-day sentence.

The minimum is for persons not involved in accidents and whose blood-alcohol levels were not as high as Carr’s, said Justice Mark Hornblower.

The Crown’s position is appropriate in the circumstances, said Hornblower as he imposed the 45-day sentence and a two-year driving ban.

Source: The Sarnia Observer