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Nunavut politician fined for impaired driving

CHARLOTTETOWN - A politician from Nunavut has been fined after pleading guilty to fleeing Charlottetown police after going the wrong way down a one-way street while driving drunk.

David Joanasie, who is the member for South Baffin, appeared in provincial court in Charlottetown on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer and failing to stop for police on July 7.

Judge John Douglas gave Joanasie credit for the night he spent in jail after his arrest and ordered him to pay a $1,200 fine along with $500 in victim surcharges.

Douglas also ordered the 31-year-old Joanasie to donate $500 to a Nunavut charity that works with youths and addictions.

Joanasie has been put on probation for a year, during which he is banned from driving.

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