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Local mechanic banned from driving for three years

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April 15, 2013 - 5:37 PM

Cars may be the subject of his day job, but a Kamloops mechanic won't be in the driver's seat for the next three years after a decision today in Kamloops Provincial Court.

Charles Jeffrey Watson was convicted today of driving while impaired, driving while prohibited and failing to appear.

Watson, a local mechanic, was handed a three-year driving prohibition along with 120 days in jail—32 of which have already been served—and $1,500 in fines and fees.

Provincial court Judge Chris Cleaveley said it was Watson's second offence.

"We're all aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, and I'm a bit surprised a man of 48 years continues to do so," he said.

Defense lawyer Sheldon Tate said Watson is the owner of Cj's Automotive and Repair and that his 'business has been in limbo' since his run-ins with the law.

Cleaveley agreed to allow Watson to serve his jail sentence intermittently.

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