Staff at a liquor store in PEI. refuses to serve a male and reports drunk driving to the police

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – A man from PEI. who was refused service at a liquor store was recently sentenced to five days in prison for impaired driving.

Steven William Beer, 60, appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown Provincial Court where he pleaded guilty.

Crown Attorney Nathan Beck told court that on May 15, Charlottetown Police responded to a complaint about an impaired driver after staff at the West Royalty liquor store refused to serve the man.

Beck said store staff called the police and gave them a description of Beer’s vehicle, which had left.

Police later tracked down Beer, who provided breathalyzer samples that were more than double the legal limit.

Beck said Beer was held in jail for several hours because of his high breathalyzer readings.

Defense attorney Justin Milne told the court that Beer’s biggest remorse was that he was taking care of his elderly mother and had to make arrangements for her while in detention.

In addition to jail time, Orr fined Beer $ 2,000, ordered him to pay a victim fine surcharge of $ 600, and banned him from driving for a year.

Ryan Ross is the Guardian forensic reporter

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