Alberni man sentenced for seventh drunk driving conviction

Port Alberni resident Norman Ted Walton, 45, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail, a five year driving ban and two years probation for impaired driving.

A provincial court judge has sent a local man with six previous drunk driving convictions to jail for impaired driving, provincial prosecutor Gordon Baines said.

Judge Peter Doherty sentenced Norman Ted Walton, 45, to 18 months in prison for one count of impaired driving.

Doherty further sentenced Walton to a five year driving ban and two years probation.

Walton had six previous convictions for impaired driving.

Crown attorney Christina Proteau sought a 16-24 month sentence while Walton’s lawyer Bert King requested a four months to one-year term.

Other charges related to the incident including driving while prohibited, driving while license is suspended and operated a motor vehicle while disqualified will be dealt with at a later date, Baines said.