Judge Bertrand St-Arnaud deplores the behavior of the representative of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions in the case of Giuseppe Di Tillio, a repeat offender in matters of impaired driving.
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Judge Bertrand St-Arnaud did not hear a laugh on Friday January 8 at the Valleyfield courthouse. Before him stood an accused of impaired driving. What made the magistrate jump is not necessarily the accusation. It is rather the blood alcohol level of the accused during his offense as well as the fact that there is question of a fourth charge of the kind for Giuseppe Di Tillio.
A significant consumption
The lowest level of alcohol in the blood obtained by the man who confided his defense to Me Bernard Levy Soussan during his interception was 260 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The law specifies that the allowable limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. So the accused had a rate three times higher than the legal limit.
A visit to the Éduc Alcool site reveals that a man weighing 180 pounds must consume 10 drinks including 2 ounces each of 40% alcohol within 5 hours to have an identical blood alcohol level. to that of Giuseppe Di Tillio. Regarding the consumption of 5% beer, the same individual must consume 13 beers in 4 hours to achieve a level of 255 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
No recurrence notice
What made Judge St-Arnaud react was the fact that the representative of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions did not file a recidivism notice in this case.
“I hear cases like yours every month,” said Judge St-Arnaud. Each time, I have in mind a young lady from Hudson who was struck by a drunk driver. She underwent 19 operations. She dreamed of being a police officer, but she never will be. All she does now is receive care. Do you know why? Because someone like you was behind the wheel. “
The judge also highlighted a tragic event that occurred in Saint-Isidore. “A 27 year old man died because of someone like you. I can’t believe that there are still people who get behind the wheel after using. We are no longer in 1960. It knocks me down. This is the 4th time that you have been accused of this kind of offense. Drunk driving destroys lives. I don’t really have the choice to endorse the common suggestion presented to me, but it is really lenient. I sincerely believe that the representative of the DPCD is making a mistake not to file a recidivism notice. “
Consequently, Judge Bertrand St-Arnaud endorsed the joint suggestion presented and he sentenced Giuseppe Di Tillio to a 45-day sentence to be served intermittently on a one-year probation and he is formally prohibited from drive a motor vehicle for the next two years.