An Ontario limousine driver has lost his job, his driver’s licence and $2,200 after police spotted him taking a pee break in a restaurant parking lot.
The Beacon Herald reported that when the Perth County OPP caught the individual they could smell alcohol on his breath and noticed four empty beer cans in the back of his vehicle.
It was later found that his blood/alcohol level was two and a half times over the legal limit.
The man recently pleaded guilty in a Stratford, Ont. courtroom to impaired driving.
The court heard that the man drove around half of a 200-plus-kilometre trip from his home in Grimsby, Ont. and that a customer was waiting for him in Goderich, Ont.
An officer caught sight of him urinating next to the open driver’s side door of his Lincoln in Shakespeare, Ont. around 9 a.m.
The driver told the officer he needed to use the bathroom, but that the restaurant was closed.
Crown prosecutor Nicole Redgate said that a gas station located 20 metres away was open at the time, as she read the facts to the court.
The limo driver’s defence lawyer said his client was drinking at home the night before the incident and wasn’t planning on driving the next day, but got a call around 6 a.m. to pick up a customer in Goderich.
Justice Kathryn McKerlie said the facts of the case were “shocking,” adding that the driver had a “horrendous amount of alcohol” in his system.
The defence and the crown agreed on a $2,200 fine, 15 months without a driver’s licence and one year of probation.
The man told that court that he made a mistake and that it will not happen again.