1297530388863_ORIGINALA drunk driver who took a carload of passengers on a terrifying ride from a bar has been fined $1,600.

Christopher Michael Douglas, 24, of Sarnia pleaded guilty in Sarnia court to controlling a vehicle while his blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

On April 12, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Douglas asked strangers if they wanted a ride home and five people got into the car.

Douglas sped from the bar, and, during the drive, went over a curb — causing the vehicle’s hatchback to pop open and spill empty beer cans, the court heard.

Douglas also turned onto a dead-end street and hit a fence, where the vehicle’s licence plate was caught and embedded, then sped back to the bar parking lot, driving along the wrong side of the road.

One passenger got out during the drive, due to fear, the court heard. The remaining passengers jumped out back at the bar.

Douglas had scared the devil out of the passengers, said defence lawyer Robert McFadden.

Bar staff detained Douglas, who has no previous criminal record, for the police.

Breath tests showed Douglas’s blood-alcohol level was nearly two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Douglas’s atrocious driving was a danger to the passengers and other people on the road, said assistant Crown attorney Krista Leszczysnski, noting there was no motive other than to scare the passengers.

“It’s the stupidest thing I’ve done,” said Douglas who is currently attending substance-abuse counseling.

The financial penalty was increased to $2,080 with the addition of a 30 per cent victim surcharge.

A one-year driving ban was imposed.

Source: Sarnia Observer