CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – Driving while intoxicated on a motorcycle and having an accident resulted in jail time for a PEI man.
Gerard Wayne Curran, 54, appeared in Charlottetown Provincial Court on December 15 and was sentenced to 160 days in jail for impaired driving and driving while prohibited.
Curran pleaded guilty to both offenses during his first court appearance on October 4. This was his sixth impaired driving conviction since 1989.
In sentencing, Judge Nancy Orr recalled the incident. On June 20 in Bonshaw, Curran was riding his motorbike in a poker run event when he crashed with a single vehicle.
He suffered injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken ankle and a torn rotator cuff.
He admitted to police upon his arrest that he was drunk and should not have driven.
Curran’s blood alcohol level at the time was 235 milligrams (mg) of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood – nearly three times the legal limit of 80 mg.
In light of the previous impaired driving offenses, the high blood alcohol level, the accident and the fact that he was prohibited from driving at the time, Crown Attorney Chris White requested a sentence of 150 days in prison for impaired driving and an additional 30 days in prison. for driving while prohibited.
“It was purely by chance that Mr. Curran was only injured in this accident,” White said.
White added that the recommendation was a step up from Curran’s latest drunk driving sentences: 90 days in jail in 2019 for impaired driving and 10 days in jail in 2020 for prohibited driving.
Defense attorney Justin Milne requested a lower sentence for his client in the form of four months (120 days) for the impaired driving offense and 15 consecutive days for driving while prohibited.
“It was purely by chance that Mr. Curran was only injured in this accident.”
Crown Attorney Chris White
Milne noted that Curran pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had remorse for his actions.
Additionally, Curran has seen an addiction counselor every two weeks, and once released from prison he plans to visit the Ledgehill Treatment and Recovery Center in Nova Scotia for further treatment.
Orr’s sentence breaks down into 130 days in prison for impaired driving and 30 consecutive days in prison for prohibited driving.
He was banned from driving for three years plus time spent in prison.
In addition, Curran was sentenced to two years’ probation, which contained a driving ban for that period.
He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service or, with the permission of his probation officer, pay $ 10 for each hour at the Queens County Addictions Center.
Terrence McEachern is a forensic reporter for the SaltWire Network in Charlottetown.