© 2024
NPR for Northern Colorado
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Canada's Serial Drunk Driver Taken Off Road For 8 Years

A Canadian court has upheld an 8.5-year prison sentence for a man who has repeatedly been convicted of driving while intoxicated. Terry Naugle, 53, had appealed the sentence in Nova Scotia's highest court on the grounds that it was too harsh.

Not including the current case, Naugle has been convicted 22 times for drunken driving; taken together, his convictions total 68, according to the CBC. And somehow, none of his drunk-driving episodes resulted in any injuries, according to reports.

Here's more from the CBC:

His last conviction was for a crash on March 28, 2009. Naugle sideswiped an SUV parked near an off-ramp on Highway 102, near Enfield. No one was hurt, but the family in the SUV said it was a terrifying experience.

Naugle left the scent of that accident — and what happened next is best recounted by The Chronicle Herald:

Julia McMillan and her daughter Jill were inside the vehicle, which had run out of gas. Julia McMillan's husband, David, had gone to get a can of gas at the Irving Big Stop and was on his way back when Naugle's car sideswiped the SUV.

David McMillan made sure his wife and daughter were uninjured, poured the gas into the tank and took off after Naugle's car. Naugle pulled into the Big Stop parking lot and ran away, but was caught by RCMP officers who'd been eating at the Big Stop.

Naugle was staggering, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, Beveridge wrote.

The "Beveridge" in this case is Justice Duncan Beveridge, one of three judges who heard Naugle's appeal, who wrote that the serial drunk driver showed "a complete disregard for accepted norms of behavior."

In his most recent case, Naugle had pleaded guilty to impaired driving and leaving the scene of an accident. But his defense attorneys were seeking a sentence of three years and nine months for their client.

As part of his punishment, Naugle received a lifetime driving ban.

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Bill Chappell is a writer and editor on the News Desk in the heart of NPR's newsroom in Washington, D.C.