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Roger Faithfull was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for impaired driving causing death. (CBC)

A Summerside man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Tuesday for impaired driving causing death.

Roger Irwin Faithfull, 57, was sentenced in provincial court in Summerside after pleading guilty to the charge.

On Oct. 15, Faithfull and a co-worker, 53-year-old Paul Gerard Cormier, went to a restaurant in Summerside for a few drinks.

'Some sentences for impaired driving have increased, but it has not reduced the problem.'—Judge Jeff Lantz

When they left the restaurant, Faithfull lost control of his car on the highway in New Annan, hit a culvert and flipped the vehicle.

Cormier, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, died at the scene.

Tuesday, the court heard Faithfull was found sitting under a tree at the crash site. A nurse who appeared on the scene thought he was drunk and saw a beer bottle in the front seat of his car.

The court heard Faithfull blew more than three times the legal limit in a breathalyzer test.

Sentences out of step

This was his first conviction.

The Crown originally asked for 36 months in prison, while the defence wanted 18 months.

Judge Jeff Lantz noted that the pre-sentence report said Faithfull is seeking help for his addiction problems, but recently has been unable to remain sober.

Lantz said Faithfull must be "held accountable."

"Some sentences for impaired driving on P.E.I. have increased, but it has not reduced the problem. This problem is not getting any better," said Lantz when passing sentence.

Lantz also said P.E.I. impaired driving sentences are out of step with the rest of Canada and that longer sentences are required.

After Faithfull gets out of prison he is prohibited from driving for five years.