Edmonton judge fined $1,500 for drunk driving

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Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET

EDMONTON — A judge’s decision to drive drunk cost him his licence for a year, $1,500 and his career.

Paul Gordon Sully, 75, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08.

Police pulled him over at a spot check on June 13. “The accused, as he drove up, did drive over a traffic cone,” Crown attorney William Burge said.

“He admitted drinking. He was observed to be slightly unsteady on his feet while standing and described as steady as he walked.”

Burge said two breathalyzer readings were taken and Sully’s blood-alcohol level was .20 on both.

Defence lawyer Peter Royal told court Sully was “fully co-operative” with police at the time and was later driven home by one of the officers.

Royal told the court he met Sully the day after his arrest and Sully decided to plead guilty then and he also resigned as a part-time judge that day as well.

“It is a sad end to a very distinguished career,” Royal said.

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