Amherst man pleads guilty to drug possession, impaired driving
SACKVILLE, N.B. – A 26-year-old Amherst, N.S. man pleaded guilty in Moncton Provincial Court on Thursday, April 18 to being impaired while under the influence of drugs while behind the wheel of his car on two different occasions and one charge of drug possession.
Matthew Ernest Burbine was charged in connection with an incident earlier this year, on Jan. 29 in Sackville. Sackville RCMP were alerted that an individual appeared to be passed out in his car while it was parked on Queens Road. A search of the vehicle found a quantity of illegal prescription pills. Syringes containing illegal drugs were also found.
An RCMP drug recognition expert assisted in the investigation in order to determine that Burbine was impaired because of drug use and not alcohol consumption.
On April 10, Sackville RCMP responded to a complaint that a vehicle driven by Burbine had struck another vehicle while going through a restaurant drive-thru. Police found Burbine passed out behind the wheel of the car in a parking lot a short distance away from the restaurant.
Burbine was sentenced for the first offence to 20 days in jail for drug possession followed by 18 months supervised probation and 10 days in jail consecutive for the impaired charge. He is also prohibited from driving for one year.
For the second offence, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail to be served concurrently with the sentencing for the first offence and a two-year driving prohibition, also to be served concurrently.