gavel on a white backgroundA drunk driver swerving across both lanes was spotted by an off-duty OPP officer leading to a $3,900 penalty in Sarnia court.

David Neil Scott, 69, of St. Clair Township pleaded guilty Tuesday to impaired driving.

On Oct. 15, 2017 Scott was weaving from the shoulder into the oncoming lane of a St. Clair Township road.

The action was seen by an off-duty officer who followed Scott until he attempted a u-turn.

The officer stopped next to Scott and a citizen pulled up behind Scott’s vehicle. Scott backed into the citizen’s vehicle.

While Scott acknowledged the officer’s actions were appropriate he was unnerved by the appearance of two vehicles, said defence lawyer David Stoesser.

Scott’s driving was a public safety concern that thankfully got the off-duty officer’s attention, said assistant Crown attorney Aniko Coughlan.

An on-duty officer arrived and subsequently arrested Scott.

Breath tests showed Scott’s blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.

Scott had two “very dated” convictions related to drinking and driving, said Stoesser.

Due to the age of the prior convictions there was a joint submission by Crown and defence lawyers for a $3,000 fine and a two-year driving ban.

The off-duty officer prevented something more serious from happening as Scott had been “all over the road,” said Justice Mark Hornblower.

The financial penalty was increased to $3,900 due to a 30 per cent victim surcharge.

Source: The Sarnia Observer