Man blows more than two times legal BAC limit before lunch

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - A man from Truemanville was sentenced to custody Monday morning after pleading guilty to failing the breathalyzer.

Lawrence Ross Atkinson didn't dispute the facts that outline a Saturday morning where Atkinson's blood alcohol concentration was two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

On April 23, local police officers were conducting a routine traffic stop when Atkinson approached at around 10:30 a.m.

"When the driver rolled down the window, there was a strong smell of alcohol," said Crown attorney Bruce Baxter when reading the facts of the case.

Baxter said the officer instructed the man to turn off his vehicle, which the driver did without having put the vehicle in park.

When Atkinson was arrested, he participated in the breathalyzer that resulted in two readings of 210 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The breathalyzer tests were administered at 10:41 and 11:01 that morning.

Atkinson was sentenced to 30 days custody, to be served intermittently from 10 a.m. Saturdays until 6 p.m. Sundays, beginning June 11.

A one-year probation order was also imposed, as well as a two-year driving prohibition.

He has until July 6 to pay a $50 victim fine surcharge.

Geographic location: AMHERST

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