Yukon Court of Appeal cuts drunk driver’s sentence in half, after man’s Aboriginal heritage dismissed

The Yukon Court of Appeal reduced a convicted drunk driver’s sentence by half, ruling the sentencing judge did not consider the man’s Aboriginal heritage.

In 2014, Arthur Joe, a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, was convicted of impaired driving and refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample.

He was sentenced to 43 months in custody, a 10-year driving prohibition and three years probation.

Before that conviction, Joe had issues with drinking and driving, but had no charges between 2008 and 2014.

At his 2014 sentencing, Judge Donald Luther ruled Joe was a “notoriously repeat drinking driver” and he “should have almost no particular consideration afforded to him as an Aboriginal offender.”