EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – Gilles Poirier, 62, of Saint-Quentin was fined $4,800 and sentenced to 14 days in jail after pleading guilty to hunting while impaired and handling a firearm without due care.

Poirier was also charged under the Criminal Code of Canada for obstructing a peace officer in the course of his duties, and received an additional fine of $390.

All of the offences occurred during the fall of 2015 when conservation officers in the Saint-Quentin area were conducting evening compliance checks. Poirier was operating an ATV and attempted to run away from the officers. A scuffle ensued involving a loaded firearm, creating a high-risk situation, but no one was injured during the incident.

Hunting while impaired can lead to dangerous situations including the careless handling of firearms, accidental discharge of a firearm, poor judgment, blurred vision, neglect for the safety of one’s self and others and mistaking game species.

The public is urged to report any hunting or fishing violations to conservation officers or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).