07/25/2014 01:46 EDT | Updated 09/24/2014 05:59 EDT

David Joanasie, Nunavut MLA, Fined For Failing Breathalyzer, Going Wrong Way On Street

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CHARLOTTETOWN - A politician from Nunavut has been fined after pleading guilty to fleeing Charlottetown police after going the wrong way down a one-way street while driving drunk.

David Joanasie, who is the member for South Baffin, appeared in provincial court in Charlottetown on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer and failing to stop for police on July 7.

Judge John Douglas gave Joanasie credit for the night he spent in jail after his arrest and ordered him to pay a $1,200 fine along with $500 in victim surcharges.

Douglas also ordered the 31-year-old Joanasie to donate $500 to a Nunavut charity that works with youths and addictions.

Joanasie has been put on probation for year, during which he has been banned from driving.

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