Beers on the links and driving didn’t mix for one golfer last fall.
Robert Mitchell, 53, was returning from the links around 1:30 pm Oct. 11 when his Ford Mustang caught the attention of the OPP. That’s because it was going 113 km/h in an 80 zone.
Mitchell was pulled over on Lakeshore Road in Plympton-Wyoming and officers immediately noticed a smell of alcohol. Mitchell said he had two drinks and proceeded to fail a breath test. There was also a six pack of Mott’s Clamato and a bottle of rum in the front seat, although court heard they were unopened.
Mitchell was arrested and taken to the Petrolia OPP station where he blew a .103 blood alcohol reading.
“He is very sorry for his actions,” says Defence Lawyer Nick Cake. “He’s learned a very difficult lesson here and assures the court that nothing like this will happen again.”
A difficult and expensive lesson, as Justice Krista Leszczynski imposed a $1,500 fine on Mitchell. He’ll also be on probation for the next 12 months with terms that he only operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock and take the Back On Track program for impaired driving rehabilitation.
“I really just regret the decision I made. I wasn’t thinking clearly,” says Mitchell. “I’ve never been in any trouble or anything ever with the law in my life… I just made a poor decision at the time.”
Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent