A first-time offender for drunk driving was given a jail sentence after he was found to be several times over the legal limit. 

Courts often avoid jail time for first-time offenders for impaired driving charges.

However, the RCMP said that a 50-year-old man caught riding an all-terrain vehicle on a road in St. Alban's earlier this fall had far passed the legal limit.

"In sentencing the first-time offender, the court recognized that a mitigating factor in handing out the sentence was the accused's high level of intoxication at the time of the incident, as the accused registered readings of .290 mg per cent when given the intoxilyzer test," the RCMP said in a statement.

That reading was more than 3.5 times the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 mg.