Prince Edward Island man who drove drunk at red light sentenced

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — A man from PEI. who was seen by police in Charlottetown drinking and driving through a red light without stopping was convicted of impaired driving.

Brent Jerome Hughes, 24, pleaded guilty to the offense on May 5 and was sentenced in Charlottetown Provincial Court.

Crown attorney Lisa Goulden told the court that on Sunday, February 27 at around 2 a.m., Charlottetown police arrested Hughes in his vehicle after running a red light at the intersection of Euston and Weymouth streets and Longworth Avenue.

While speaking with Hughes, police noticed signs of impairment, such as the smell of alcohol coming from his breath.

Hughes failed a roadside alcohol test and was taken to the Charlottetown Police Station to provide breathalyzer samples. These samples produced readings of 190 and 180 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, more than double the legal limit of 80 mg.

Chief Judge Jeff Lantz sentenced Hughes to five days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Additionally, Hughes was banned from driving for a year and ordered to pay a $600 victim surcharge.

Hughes had no criminal record.

Terrence McEachern is a crime reporter with the SaltWire Network in Prince Edward Island. @terry_mcn

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