Drunk driver in P.E.I. who got truck stuck in snowbank, left on foot jailed

A P.E.I. man who got a truck stuck in a snowbank while driving drunk then left the scene on foot was sentenced recently to seven days in jail. Paul Morgan Murphy, 27, appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to drunk driving. Crown attorney Nathan Beck told the court that on Feb.

16 at around 11:40 p.m., the RCMP responded to a 911 call about a single-vehicle collision at Sam’s Family Restaurant in Cornwall. The court heard the RCMP found a truck stuck in a snowbank and an empty case of beer inside the vehicle. Murphy wasn’t in the truck when they arrived.

Beck said an officer on the way to the scene saw Murphy, who matched a description as the truck’s driver, running up the road. Murphy admitted he was the driver and the court heard he later provided breathalyzer samples that were above the legal limit. Along with the jail time, Orr fined Murphy £1,000, ordered him to pay a £300 victim surcharge and banned him from driving for one year.

Ryan Ross is The Guardian’s justice reporter.

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