Judge issues warning to impaired driver

A motorist found guilty of impaired driving in Stettler was handed a hefty fine in Stettler Provincial Court last Thursday.

A motorist found guilty of impaired driving in Stettler was handed a hefty fine in Stettler Provincial Court last Thursday.

Geoffrey Kenneth Rowe, 37, of Red Deer was fined $1,500, with a surcharge of $225 for impaired driving, after he was located outside two drinking establishments in Stettler by the same police officer within three hours.

“If you do this again, it’s a possibility you go to jail,” said Judge B.R. Fraser.

“I don’t know how impaired you were. The aggravating factor is that you’ve been here (in court) before.”

Rowe was also suspended from driving for one year.

Among others sentenced in court last week were:

Eron Michael Doyle was fined $500 for failing to comply with the rules the road when he backed up in an alley. The charge was lowered from failing to back in a safe way.

Jessie Ann Kumleben, 20, of Stettler was fined $200 for breaching probation after failing to appearing at appointments with her parole officer in four different months.

“If you do this again, any judge could re-sentence you,” Judge Fraser said.

Wayne Glenn Nelson, formerly of Bashaw, was handed a nine-month probation for possession of marijuana, when “about one-third of a pound” of the weed was discovered by Bashaw RCMP in his bedroom as they investigated an assault in December 2011.

“I’m sorry, I just want to get on with my life,” Nelson told the judge.