A 51-year-old Calgary man has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and had an additional year added to his current driving ban, after attempting to drive away from the Airdrie Provincial Courthouse without a licence.

On Friday, January 11, the unidentified man made a court appearance and plead guilty to an impaired driving charge.  The man received a sentence which included a two year, Canada-wide ban from driving, and the accused surrendered his operator’s licence to the judge.  

Following the sentence, the man left the courthouse, entered his vehicle and attempted to drive to his residence.

RCMP officers intercepted the man before he left the vicinity.

“The actions of this gentleman show a serious lack of respect for the court system. It’s almost inconceivable that someone could be standing in front of a judge and surrender their drivers license for an impaired driving conviction, and then get into a vehicle and attempt to drive away only minutes later,” says Sheriff Jason Graw of the Airdrie Integrate Traffic Unit.

RCMP have made arrangements for transporting the man to jail.