Sarnia man, 49, pleaded guilty to driving on flat tires while triple the legal blood-alcohol limit

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A man driving on flat tires while his blood-alcohol level was triple the legal limit was fined $1,600 in Sarnia court.

Brian Long, 49, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday to impaired driving.

On June 16 at about 5 p.m. the OPP were notified by another motorist of a possible impaired driver near Highway 40 and Scott Road. Long was driving in the area with flat tires while the car’s turn signal had been on for a lengthy time.

Another motorist tried to assist Long after he stopped his vehicle.

When police arrived, Long’s vehicle was being loaded on a tow truck. Long denied drinking and handed over his health card when an officer requested his driver’s licence.

Breath tests showed Long’s blood-alcohol level was triple the legal limit.

Long’s car hit the gravel shoulder flattening the tires. He had been driving with the turn signal on looking for a safe place to stop, said defence lawyer Nick Cake.

“It was a momentary lapse in judgment that will have lasting consequences,” Cake said in support of a $1,500 fine.

A $2,000 fine to reflect the elevated alcohol level was sought by assistant Crown attorney Suzanne LaSha.

“There’s a lot of bad people out there. I don’t consider myself one of them. I don’t drink and drive as a policy. I don’t know why it happened. I am mortified with myself,” Long said.

Long’s level indicates significant consumption and impairment, Justice Mark Hornblower said as he imposed a $1,600 fine.

The financial penalty was increased to $2,080 due to surcharges.

A one-year driving ban was also imposed.

nbowen@postmedia.com


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