Citizen's arrest leads to fine, driving ban for impaired driver in Centreville

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A man held on a citizen’s arrest has been fined for driving while impaired.

Darrell Benedict, 43, of Centreville, pleaded guilty to the charge of having care or control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit on July 21. Judge Alan Tufts fined Benedict $1,560 and imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Benedict committed the offence in North Kentville on May 4. The court heard that Benedict was heading west on Brooklyn Street when citizens witnessed him driving off the roadway and nearly causing several collisions. Benedict was held on a citizen’s arrest until police arrived.

“I have absolutely no excuse for my behaviour that day,” Benedict said. “I’m guilty. I learned my lesson. I shouldn’t have done that.”

He said he had the day off and had forgotten to bring home a tool he needed to work on a vehicle the night before.

The legal blood alcohol limit is 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Benedict gave breathalyser readings of 200 and 190.

“You were beyond impaired,” Tufts told Benedict as he handed down his sentence.

Meanwhile, Joseph Victor Hagen, 55, of Greenwich, was fined $1,560 and banned from driving for one year after pleading guilty to having care or control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Hagen committed the offence in Greenwich on May 17. Hagen’s breathalyser readings were 120 and 110.

Micheal Vaughn Ross, 45, of Halifax, was fined $1,300 for having care or control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Ross pleaded guilty to the charge on July 21. Tufts also imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him.

Ross committed the offence in Greenwich on May 31, when he gave breathalyser readings of 130 and 120.

Christopher Lewis Turner, 55, of North Kentville, was fined $1,300 and banned for driving for a one-year period for driving his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

Turner pleaded guilty to the charge, stemming from a May 31 incident in Port Williams, on July 21. 

Geographic location: Centreville, North Kentville, Greenwich Brooklyn Street Halifax Port Williams

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