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Corner Brook woman fined for having care and control of a vehicle while impaired

Court news.
Court news.

Mary Lewis may have had no intention of operating a pickup truck while drinking, but a Corner Brook judge said it is important to understand that the insidious danger of drinking and driving is the potential for harm to occur.

In his written decision on sentencing Lewis, Judge Wayne Gorman said that to Lewis’s credit she did not operate the vehicle, but she created a situation in which this danger existed.

Lewis, 40, of Corner Brook was charged with having care and control of a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams of alcohol per every one hundred millilitres of blood on Oct. 20, 2016.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and during an appearance before Gorman in provincial court in Corner Brook on Wednesday was fined $1,000 and is prohibited from driving for 12 months.

At the time of her arrest Lewis and a friend were sitting in a pickup truck parked behind her home. Both were drinking beer and the vehicle’s engine was engaged and the radio on. Lewis was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Police attended the area after receiving a complaint and Lewis took the keys out of the ignition when they approached the truck. The keys were found by the passenger’s feet.

Lewis was arrested and taken to the police station where samples of her breath were taken. The first sample showed that her blood contained 150 milligrams of alcohol per every one hundred millilitres of her blood and the second 140 milligrams.
Lewis was on probation at the time and was also charged with breaching that court order and with breach of a recognizance. She was sentenced to 37-days in jail on those two charges, to be served on an intermittent basis. At the completion of her intermittent sentence she’ll be subject to a 12-month probation order.

She also has to pay a victim surcharge of 30 per cent of the $1,000 fine and $100 each on the other two charges.

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