Drunk driver caught again after swerving his van into probation officerís front yard - Nova Scotia News - TheChronicleHerald.ca (external - login to view)
SHELBURNE ó Roland H. Atwood was so drunk on Motherís Day 2007 that he almost flipped his old green minivan as he drove through Port Saxon, Shelburne County.
Leaving black skid marks here and there on the highway as he swerved to avoid obstacles, the 60-year-old finally drove his van off the road and lurched to a stop ó in the local probation officerís front yard.
"Whoa, my van feels like it's swaying on two wheels, I hear my wheels skidding on the road, oh was that a mail box or a person I just smacked into? Well there's no time to stop and find out now I gotta keep going...... arn't I supposed to be driving with the direction of the yellow line? Why is it way back there?? Hey the car stopped..... there's a house..... funny...."
Besides the irony of landing in the Probation officer's front yard, did this idiot ever think of the Brake, stopping the damn thing, getting out and just simply walking home?
Mr. Atwood had already been convicted of drunk driving seven times since 1988 and he was last legally allowed behind the wheel in November of 1995.
Probation officer Bob MacLean yelled at Mr. Atwood as he approached the vehicle sitting in his driveway.
Mr. MacLean reached in and pulled the keys out of the ignition.
RCMP came and arrested Mr. Atwood. His breathalyzer readings were 180 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more the twice the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol.
"Itís clear Mr. Atwood has not learned. . . . He is a danger to the public," Crown attorney Jim Fyfe told a provincial court judge Wednesday.
Mr. Atwood pleaded guilty to the impaired driving charge and was sentenced to 12 months in jail for that and another set of offences.
"The defendantís record . . .is absolutely atrocious," said Judge Robert Prince.
Mr. Atwood was also sentenced for an earlier conviction arising from an incident this past July 30 in Gunning Cove when he was again very drunk.
Mr. Atwood took a loaded gun and "racked," a round into the firing chamber, said the Crown attorney. Mr. Atwood then pointed the loaded gun at two people.
Mr. Atwood should not have had access to a gun that day because he was prohibited from possessing firearms at the time, court was told.
It wasnít clear from courtroom evidence where Mr. Atwood did most of his drinking because his common-law wife doesnít allow booze in her house, said defence lawyer Alex Pink.
"He clearly has a major problem with alcohol," Mr. Pink said of his client, who has been in jail since the July incident.
"Iím sorry for what Iíve done," said Mr. Atwood who promised the court and Jesus that he will never drink again.
He's sorry.... cripes.... if he was really sorry, he wouldn't keep doing it now would he?
And clearly his promises are worthless. Lock him away for 10 years and see if anything changes.
It was fortunate that the gun did not go off and kill someone, said the judge.
Mr. Atwood must serve 12 months in jail, in addition to the five months he has already served.
The justice system is such a joke it makes me sick.