A Muskoka man was handed a hefty fine and other prohibitions after pleading guilty to driving while impaired by drugs.
Jeffrey Rimmington, 50, was convicted and sentenced in Bracebridge court last week.
Court heard that on April 2, 2021 at 6:14 pm the OPP were dispatched to a traffic complaint on Highway 11 in Gravenhurst. the caller said a silver sedan was weaving between the lanes and when the OPP caught up with the vehicle they observed the driver’s erratic behaviour.
The court heard that when the driver, Rimmington, was pulled over he needed help getting his seat belt off. After exiting the vehicle he needed to use the car to steady himself and at one point the officer had to catch him to stop him from falling over.
No alcohol was detected but a blood test turned up fentanyl, methadone and other substances.
Justice Jonathan Bliss said it was “sheer luck” that he was even alive to be sentenced considering his level of intoxication.
He was sentenced to a $2,000 fine, a one-year driving ban and one-year probation with counselling for substance abuse.
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