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Man just can't stop driving

A Penticton man who can’t seem to stay out of the driver’s seat was sentenced to 90 days in prison Monday for his ninth driving while suspended conviction.

Devon Forsyth, 29, pleaded guilty to the charge stemming from a November 2016 incident. He also received a one year suspended sentence for being caught with a stolen dirt bike in August 2016.

Judge Robin Smith ridiculed Forsyth after accepting the Crown’s request for a 90-day jail term on the driving violation.

“I just imagine, when you are there incarcerated, and they say ‘oh what are you in for, I did this, I did that’ and they ask you — ‘Oh I was driving while prohibited,’” he told Forsyth, who was appearing via video.

“Then you have to mention under your breath, ‘well yeah that was the ninth one.’ You are your own worst enemy on that. You can do better than this,” he said, explaining sentences would only be getting more severe. 

Defence lawyer Michael Patterson said his client is skilled as a mechanic and has had trouble resisting the temptation of driving. He added that a heroin habit has fueled the property crime.

While Judge Smith ordered a one year driving ban, he and prosecutors agreed the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles would likely instate a much longer, if not indefinite, ban.

Forsyth remains behind bars awaiting a bail hearing on more serious charges from a separate incident, including assaulting a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.



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