P.E.I. woman who drove to McDonald's drunk gets jail time



A P.E.I. woman who was arrested for drunk driving after a McDonald’s employee called the police was sentenced recently to three days in jail.

Krista Karen MacLeod appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where she pleaded guilty to drunk driving.

Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court that on Jan. 18 at around 2 a.m., Charlottetown police were dispatched to a McDonald’s restaurant after an employee called about MacLeod.

The police arrested MacLeod, who provided breathalyzer samples that were more than 2.5 times the legal limit.

Although MacLeod had no prior criminal record, MacDonald told the court the police had responded to calls before from people who suspected she was driving drunk. In those cases, the police weren’t able to locate her, MacDonald said.

“Alcohol may be an underlying issue here.”

Along with the jail time, MacLeod must pay a $2,000 fine and a $600 victim surcharge.

She is banned from driving for one year.

Douglas also gave MacLeod three months of probation, which included a condition she undergo any assessment, counselling or treatment that her probation officer directs.

If there is an underlying problem it is important to get help for it, Douglas said.