Former corrections officer fined for impaired driving in Stettler

A 52-year-old man travelling through Stettler in August was handed a heavy sentence in Stettler Provincial Court last Thursday

A 52-year-old man travelling through Stettler in August was handed a heavy sentence in Stettler Provincial Court last Thursday for impaired driving.

Marcus V. Dressler of Sherwood Park was fined $2,000 for driving with an alcohol count of three times over the legal limit of .08 milligrams.

“It’s fortunate that you didn’t kill yourself or someone else,” said Judge Jim Hunter.

“The reading of 270 is just about three-and-a-half times the limit, which is an aggravating level.”

The former corrections officer was also suspended from driving for 18 months, six months more than the standard 12 months.

“Unfortunately, the message doesn’t get across,” Judge Hunter said.

In other court cases:

— Duncan J. Lagrelle, 18, was sentenced to 45 days in prison for obstructing a police officer when he gave a false name and birthday after being stopped by police while visiting in Stettler this summer.

“It’s evident you have some issues with addictions and mental health,” Judge Hunter told the accused, who appeared from Red Deer Remand Centre through closed-circuit television.

His time will also include a sentence for two counts of breaching probation.

— Wade Weldon Barre, 56, of Alix was handed a suspended sentence and banned from the village office for one year for causing a disturbance when he disputed a utility bill with an office employee this summer.

“It’s unfortunate that you went out of your way to act in an aggressive way,” Judge Hunter said.

Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson told the court that the accused contested the amount on his bill with the employee in a way that was deemed “aggressive and intimidating and abusive.”

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