Alberta provincial court judge pleads guilty to impaired driving

Justice Paul Sully pleaded guilty to drunk driving was handed a one-year driving suspension and $1,500 dollar fine.

An Alberta provincial court judge who pleaded guilty to drunk driving has been handed a one-year driving suspension and $1,500 dollar fine.

Justice Paul Sully was pulled over at a routine check stop in south Edmonton on June 13.

According to the agreed Statement of Facts, Sully was slightly unsteady on his feet and staggering when outside of the vehicle..

His blood alcohol level was .20 – more than twice the legal limit.

In April, Sully turned 75, marking the mandatory age of retirement for provincial court judges. Although he had retired, he was appointed as a part-time judge to a term that expires in 2016.

He later resigned his judgeship on June 17.

Sully’s lawyer, Peter Royal, called the outcome a "sad end to a distinguished career."