A potential speeding ticket turned into a second impaired driving conviction for a Cambridge man, this time near Stratford.
A Perth County OPP officer caught Adam McMurran, 31, driving a pickup truck 111 kilometres per hour on Highway 7/8 in Perth East.
The posted speed limit there is 80 km/h.
It was around 2 a.m. that early August morning, and the officer could smell alcohol on McMurran’s breath, a Stratford courtroom heard after he pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal limit.
“He also had slurred speech,” assistant Crown attorney Elizabeth Wilson said while reading the facts.
McMurran was arrested and taken to headquarters in Sebringville for testing, which confirmed he was over the limit.
“Fortunately police stopped you before you could kill yourself or someone else,” Justice Kathryn McKerlie said.
McMurran had a related conviction in 2008, Wilson said. McKerlie said that was an aggravating factor.
“This record is 11 years old, but the point in sentencing you in 2008 would have been to deter you – not just for five years or 10 years – but to deter you from ever getting behind the wheel of a vehicle in an over-80 situation again,” she said. “Again on the date in question, you made the selfish decision to drink and drive.”
Wilson said jail was a sentencing option, but “not necessary” due to McMurran’s injury – the concrete finisher recently broke his ankle and needed crutches to navigate the courtroom – an early guilty plea, and the length of time since the previous conviction. Instead, both the Crown and defence came up with a joint submission of a $2,000 fine, along with a $600 victim fine surcharge, and two years without a driver’s licence.
“I accept the joint submission,” McKerlie said.
A second charge was withdrawn.