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Former MP guilty of drunk driving

Former MP guilty of drunk drivingFormer Canadian Alliance memebr Jim Pankiw is picture in Ottawa May 15, 2001. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Tom Hanson

SASKATOON - A former Saskatchewan MP has been found guilty of driving with a blood alcohol over the legal limit.

Jim Pankiw received the minimum punishment of a $1,000 fine and a one-year driving ban.

Court heard on July 25, 2011 Pankiw had a few beers at his acreage south of Saskatoon before falling asleep on the couch.

He woke up to see a light in his yard and pursued a vehicle in his truck into Saskatoon.

The other driver called police and Pankiw was taken to the police station where two breath tests showed blood alcohol reading of .15 and .14.

Provincial court Judge Daryl Labach said all of this could have been avoided had Pankiw just stayed home.

Pankiw served as a Reform Party MP and later with the Canadian Alliance. He also unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Saskatoon.

He was highly controversial in his politics, and well known for a provocative pamphlet campaign during his term as representative for Saskatoon-Humboldt.

(CKOM)

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