Drunk driver loses licence permanently

An Ottawa-area man has been given a lifetime driving ban after being convicted of his 10th drunk driving charge.

An Ottawa-area man has been given a lifetime driving ban after being convicted of his 10th drunk driving charge.

Bernard Richard Brassard, 40, of St. Albert, Ont., pleaded guilty in an Ottawa court Tuesday to an impaired driving charge laid in February 2009.

Brassard was driving on Walkley Road on Feb. 6, 2009, in Ottawa's south end when a police officer pulled him over because his car was swerving, court heard.

Police said they found a coffee mug filled with wine on the floor on the passenger side of the car.

Brassard failed a breathalyzer test and was taken into custody.

On Tuesday, he also pleaded guilty to driving without a licence, which he lost after a previous drunk-driving incident.

Ontario Court Judge Célynne Dorval banned Brassard from ever driving again. She also sentenced him to 28 months in prison, but reduced the time to 20 months because of time already served.

When Brassard is released from prison, he will be on probation for 18 months and will be required to attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Assistant Crown attorney Paul Attia had asked the court to sentence Brassard to five years in prison, the maximum allowed for his crime.

Dorval cited Brassard's recent participation in a rehabilitation program as a reason she didn't give him the maximum sentence.