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P.E.I. man who threw table through a window, drove drunk jailed

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A P.E.I. man who threw a coffee table through a woman’s window before driving away while he was drunk was sentenced today to 90 days in jail.

Steven Alton Green, 35, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to drunk driving, damaging property and breaching his probation.

Crown attorney Nathan Beck told the court that on May 29 at 8:11 p.m. the RCMP were dispatched after a woman reported Green threw a coffee table through her front window.

The woman told police she had been home with her children while Green was there.

She reported Green was intoxicated at the time and went into her kitchen to make a sandwich, so she started taking video with her phone while she repeatedly asked him to leave.

Beck said Green was being belligerent with the woman who called the police.

Before Green left, he threw a coffee table through a window and rammed the woman's vehicle with his.

Beck said the cost to replace the window was $531.25, which Green’s mother paid the next day.

After Green left the woman’s home, the police found him about 10 minutes later and arrested him for damaging property.

Green later provided breathalyzer samples that were almost twice the legal limit.

The court heard Green had a prior record that included convictions for impaired driving, refusing to give a breath sample, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and assaulting a police officer.

The dangerous driving charge stemmed from an incident in 2015 during which Green was driving a Porsche, lost control, hit a median, ended up in an oncoming lane and lost a wheel on the car.

During Tuesday’s proceedings, legal aid lawyer Alex Dalton told the court Green has been working with an addiction counsellor and has been going to the Richmond Centre, which is a community mental health facility.

Green was remorseful and accepted full responsibility for his actions, Dalton said.

She also asked Orr to allow Green, who is a self-employed electrical contractor, to serve his sentence on weekends so he can continue working.

Along with the jail time, which he will serve for the drunk driving charge, Green must pay a $1,500 fine and he is banned from driving for one year.

Orr gave Green suspended sentences on the other two charges with 18 months of probation.


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