Speeding driver was three times over drink-drive limit

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A Sandys man stopped for speeding was banned from the road after officers discovered his blood-alcohol level was more than triple the legal limit.

Stanford Hughes, 49, pleaded guilty yesterday to both driving while impaired and speeding in an incident on January 5.

Magistrates’ Court heard that at around 11.20pm that day officers were carrying out laser speed checks on Crow Lane, in Pembroke, when they clocked a car travelling east at 69kph.

The officers stopped the vehicle, driven by Hughes, near the junction with Berry Hill and noticed that the driver’s eyes were glazed and he smelled strongly of intoxicants.

Hughes was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station, where a breath test revealed he had 275mg of alcohol in 80ml of blood, more than triple the legal limit of 80mg.

Appearing in court, Hughes apologised for his “foolish behaviour,” saying that he would not appear before the court for the same reason again.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined Hughes $235 for speeding, and a further $800 for driving while impaired. He also banned Hughes from driving all vehicles for a period of 12 months.

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Published Jan 10, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm)

Speeding driver was three times over drink-drive limit

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