Impaired driving nets two years in jail

A Vernon man will have plenty of time to think about drinking and driving.

Kenneth R. Knutson, 51, was sentenced to two years total jail time and given a 10-year driving prohibition by provincial court judge Ellen Burdett in connection with a pair of February arrests on consecutive days for impaired driving.

Knutson pleaded guilty to three Criminal Code counts of impaired driving and one Motor Vehicle Act infraction of driving while prohibited.

Burdett gave him two years in prison on each of the Criminal Code offences, and one year for driving while prohibited, but the time is to be served concurrently.

She also imposed 10-year driving prohibitions, to be served concurrently, on each of the guilty pleas.

Knutson was arrested by Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP on consecutive days in February.

Vernon officers were called just before 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 to a report of a mini-van hitting two parked cars in the areas of 29th Street and 41st Avenue.

That investigation led to a 51-year-old man being charged with impaired driving.

Then, on Feb. 17, at around 3:45 p.m., Armstrong police were called about a man driving in such a manner that the caller felt the driver was intoxicated.

In both arrests, the man blew more than three times the legal limit.