Edmonton man admits driving drunk with his 3 children in vehicle

by Tony Blais

An Edmonton man admitted in court Friday to driving erratically on Yellowhead Trail with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit and his three children in the vehicle.

Lawrence Thomas Rajab, 41, pleaded guilty in provincial court to a charge of driving with a blood alcohol level of more than .08.

Crown prosecutor Maxine Bond told court that police responded to several reports of a vehicle being driven haphazardly on the Yellowhead about 11 a.m. Oct. 18, 2015.

Court heard the vehicle had at least three near misses with other vehicles.

After police pulled Rajab over, he gave conflicting stories about how much alcohol he had consumed.

Officers noted he was having difficulties with his balance and nearly fell back onto his vehicle, said Bond, adding Rajab also slurred his words and smelled of alcohol.

Police also noted there were three children in the vehicle, ages 8, 9 and 10.

Court heard Rajab was arrested for impaired driving and taken to a police station so he could provide breath samples. His lowest reading was .24, or three times the legal limit of .08.

A pre sentence report was ordered and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for Sept. 14.

Rajab was also prohibited from driving for one year.