PICTOU – A New Glasgow man has been sent to jail after breaking the conditions of a conditional sentence order that was close to expiring.
James Everett Tucker, 43, was sentenced Tuesday in Pictou Provincial Court to six months in custody after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while disqualified and breaching a court order.
The court was told that on Aug. 8, Tucker drove himself to an appointment at the probation services office and was spotted behind the wheel of the vehicle by one of the probation staff.
Tucker was serving a CSO from Oct. 9, 2012, stipulating he be of “good behaviour” and obey the conditions of the order. He was prohibited from driving at the time.
His court order had 66 days left on it before it expired, but now Tucker will be serving rest of that time behind bars. He was also sentenced to an additional four months for driving while disqualified for a total sentence of six months behind bars in addition to a two-year driving prohibition.
Crown attorney Bill Gorman asked the court to consider a maximum six-month sentence for the driving charge, considering that Tucker has 60 prior convictions. Twenty-two of these prior convictions were for breaching court orders.
Judge Del Atwood said the maximum sentence was not required, but did agree that the current CSO be collapsed with additional time served for new driving charge.