Court Report

Man fined $1,500 and a one-year driving prohibition for first conviction

Slave Lake
Provincial Court
November 4, 2020
Judge G.W. Paul

Travis A. Porterfield pled guilty to operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

On September 16, 2020, Slave Lake RCMP received a report of an erratic driver, said the Crown prosecutor. The driver almost struck a sign and drove onto the sidewalk.

The witness gave the RCMP the license plate number. The RCMP found the vehicle by a fast food restaurant in Slave Lake.

Porterfield was driving. His blood alcohol level was 0.127 (which is in the second tier of fines).

Porterfield had no prior record.

“I made a mistake, and I’m willing to pay a fine,” said Porterfield, who represented himself.

There’s more to it than that, Judge Paul said, to Porterfield. You also end up with a criminal record.

Porterfield received the minimum for a first offence. He was fined $1,500, plus a victim fine surcharge of 30 per cent ($450), and a one-year driving prohibition. He is eligible to apply for Interlock.

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