Former cabbie sentenced for impaired driving

Former cabbie sentenced for impaired driving A former Whitehorse cab driver has been sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to charges including impaired driving with passengers in the back seat.

A former Whitehorse cab driver has been sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to charges including impaired driving with passengers in the back seat.

With credit for the time he’s already served in custody, Roy Mervyn was released after the judge ruled Friday afternoon.

On Dec. 1, 2012, Mervyn was out with friends and estimates he drank 12 beers throughout that day, according to an agreed statement of facts filed in the case.

At about 5 p.m. he assaulted a woman at the party, slapping her several times.

Shortly after, he began a shift working for Grizzly Cabs.

He picked up a woman and her two daughters at Whitehorse’s Walmart to drive them home to Porter Creek.

Court documents describe him as fishtailing multiple times, travelling at 100 km/h on the Alaska Highway and hitting a snowmobile while backing out of the woman’s driveway.

There were two passengers on the snowmobile. It tipped but did not fall over.

“Not surprisingly,” Mervyn, 50, lost his job as a cab driver, judge Karen Ruddy noted.

The judge noted that he has only a very dated criminal record. His last conviction was in 1994.

Mervyn is on probation for one year and has been banned from driving for two years.