Impaired drivers make a lot of bad decisions, the first of which is thinking it’s fine to get behind the wheel of a car after they’ve had a few drinks. But the bad decisions don’t stop there, and as one man from Etobicoke, Ontario demonstrated recently, being drunk can make you do things that would seem crazy if you were sober.
The impaired driver in this situation, James Livingston, pulled into a commercial vehicle inspection station on an Ontario highway to ask for directions. That’s already odd, but it’s even crazier for a drunk driver, especially since it’s a spot with a police officer on duty. Turns out he was four times the legal limit when he drove in there, and after the officer he spoke to noticed he was exhibiting signs of intoxication, Livingston decided it was time to leave.
What came next was a high speed chase that ended with Livingston rolling his car into a ditch. He wasn’t hurt, but he was arrested for impaired driving and an open container violation, thanks to the bottle of vodka he was carrying in his car. Because this was his second impaired driving conviction, he’s in for a much stiffer sentence than his first conviction.
Ontario doesn’t normally send impaired drivers to jail, but for his crime Livingston received forty-five days in jail, three year driver’s license suspension, and eighteen months of probation. He’ll also be required to drive with an ignition interlock when he receives his driving privileges back.
Unfortunately impaired drivers have been all too common in Ontario this past year, and although this seems like a really crazy impaired driving story, it’s par for the course in a province where there has been crash after crash and an increasing number of impaired driving arrests. With 2017 around the corner, maybe Ontario will begin to turn that record around.