A western P.E.I. man has been sentenced to one year in jail for dangerous driving and unlawful confinement, after he tried to get a young man to buy drugs for him.

James Addison Nunn, 46 of Westmoreland, was convicted in a P.E.I. Supreme Court trial in Summerside last month.

Court heard Nunn was employed as the driver of a van for a courier company at the time of the offence.

During the trial, the court was told the incident occurred in February of 2013. Nunn was driving the van down Main Street in O'Leary with a friend in the passenger seat. The two men approached two young men, gave one of them $20, and asked him to go buy some marijuana for them.

The man who took the money did not return.

The court heard Nunn and his friend then forced the man's 16-year-old friend into the van. Minutes later the men saw the man who had taken the money take off in a car driven by some other people, and Nunn gave chase.

That chase reached speeds of 160 kilometres an hour, with the van tailgating the car and and trying to cut it off. It continued for 17 kilometres along snowy secondary roads as dusk fell.

The people in the car dialed 911, and were able to elude the van. James Nunn and the other man were arrested.

The court heard Nunn was slightly over the legal blood alcohol limit and on probation at the time.

Nunn's friend pleaded guilty. Nunn chose to go to trial and was found guilty. In addition to a year in jail he is barred from driving for 15 months.

The court heard he lost his job with the courier company.