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Quebec man charged with drunk driving for the 17th time

An RCMP officer performs a breathalyzer test on a driver during a roadside check in Surrey, B.C.

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A Quebec man has been charged with drinking and driving for the 17th time.

Maurice Larrivee allegedly showed up this Sunday morning at a grocery store to buy a case of two dozen beers at 8:45.

The cashier allegedly warned the 69-year-old man that he appeared too drunk to drive and, along with fellow employees, tried to convince him not to get back in his car.

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Mr. Larrivee allegedly ignored the request, and left.

That's when store employees called the police, in Sherbrooke, Que. The 69-year-old was arrested in the parking lot.

The last time Mr. Larrivee was charged with DUI, in 2005, he lost his licence for five years.

But his rap sheet is not the longest of its kind for drinking and driving. In 2009, another Quebec man was convicted of DUI for the 19th time.

Roger Walsh was sentenced to life in prison because he killed a woman in an alcohol-related hit and run. The judge refused a prosecution request to designate him a dangerous offender but, in handing down the life sentence, he called Walsh "incorrigible" and said he was incapable of quitting drinking.

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