Truck driver loses job after driving drunk... to his home just TWO BLOCKS away

Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 6:46 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- A drunk truck driver arrested after he got behind the wheel just two blocks from home was fined $2,500 Thursday and prohibited from driving for two years.

"It's silly, I should have walked," Evan Randall, 47, told court.

Court heard Randall had been drinking and playing pool with a friend at a Teulon bar in March 2011 when he decided he was the more sober of the two and took the wheel of his friend's truck for the drive home. A patrolling RCMP officer saw the truck was missing a taillight and pulled Randall over.

Police found the passenger with a beer between his knees and full beer cans on the floor. The officer questioned Randall, concluded he was impaired and arrested him. He later provided breath samples of .20 and .18, both more than double the legal limit for driving.

"You would be completely aware you were what the public might call 'blitzed,'" Judge Brian Corrin said. "Teulon is not a big place. Notwithstanding that, you elected to drive. This is definitely in the realm of 'What were you thinking?'"

Randall has two prior drunk driving convictions in 1986 and 1999.

Since his most recent arrest, Randall and his wife divorced and he was forced to live in his truck while he tried to support his six children, court was told.

"Financially I am quite destitute right now ... and really need to get back to work," Randall said.

Corrin rejected a defence plea Randall be sentenced to a minimum one-year driving prohibition, saying it would amount to a judicial "slap on the wrist."

"I want you to have your job back, I want you to get your life back in order as soon as possible ... but I don't think that is appropriate," Corrin said. "It would really make a mockery of the prohibition provision."


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