A 30-month prison sentence for a repeat offender of the steering wheel

News 26 March, 2018
  • Benoît Philie

    Monday, 26 march, 2018 01:00

    Monday, 26 march, 2018 01:00

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    Pinched for a seventh time at the wheel while he was banned from driving, a man already convicted on several occasions for driving while impaired will now serve 30 months in prison and will not be able to regain its license before the age of 25.

    Luc Vallières, 49 years old, pleaded guilty recently to two charges of driving motor vehicle while he was prohibited from doing so. It was his seventh conviction of the kind since 1997.

    “Do you understand what it means to stop driving ? Do not wait until you kill someone… stop driving, this is not complicated, ” started the judge Micheline Paradis.

    Nine-time drunk behind the wheel

    Luc Vallières, who lives in the Laurentians, has been convicted of impaired driving on nine occasions between 1989 and 2007. It is subject to a driving prohibition for years.

    However, he was intercepted by the police of the Sûreté du Québec at the wheel of an electric scooter on April 24, 2017.

    On 1 march, police officers on snowmobiles were once again stopped at the controls of an all-terrain vehicle in a signposted path.

    The man however had not consumed alcohol.

    Not aware

    In filing his plea of guilty, Mr. Vallières stated to the court that he was unaware that the prohibited conduct concerned also scooters and ATVS.

    “I do not believe to be in violation, because I was in a trail in back of home. I do not drive most of motor vehicle since 2013. If I had known, I would not have done, ” he said in his defence.

    Mr. Vallières has been sentenced to 30 months ‘ imprisonment and a prohibition from driving any form of motor vehicle for 25 years.

    “It is sure that it is finished. I was not expecting to return to jail “, said the repeat offender, to the end of the hearing.