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Michael Gerard Cooper arrested after entering liquor store

01/28/2014 12:16 EST | Updated 03/30/2014 05:59 EDT
A convicted drunk driver barred from entering any place that sells alcohol was arrested after being spotted at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation's Mumford Road location today, according to staff at the liquor store.

Michael Gerard Cooper is prohibited from consuming, purchasing, and possessing alcohol and entering any place alcohol is sold or consumed. He had served a seven-year sentence for driving drunk and killing two young people in 2004.

The 55-year-old man told the Parole Board of Canada he would not stop drinking and driving, prompting police in Halifax to warn the public he's at high risk to re-offend.

Cooper's case attracted national attention after the parents of Angela Smits, who was killed in a collision with Cooper's vehicle, asked Nova Scotia authorities to provide Cooper's name and photo to liquor stores, bars and other licensed establishments.

He is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

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