New Year’s Day drunk-driver banned

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A St George’s man found riding drunk on New Year’s morning was banned from the road yesterday.

Magistrates’ Court heard that officers were on patrol at around 2.30am when they saw 37-year-old James Raynor driving the wrong way on Church Street.

Raynor immediately turned the vehicle around and continued, driving in the right direction, continuing onto King Street.

Officers followed Raynor, and noticed that he was swerving back and forth in his lane. The officers activated their lights, but Raynor continued, shouting to the officers: “I’m just going the f**k home.”

He was stopped a short distance away on Union Street. When officers went to speak with him, they noticed that he was bleeding from his lip and had abrasions on his fingers, but he denied that he had been involved in an accident.

Raynor also reportedly smelled strongly of alcohol and his eyes appeared glazed.

He was taken to Hamilton Police Station, where he subsequently failed a breath test.

Appearing in court, Raynor said: “I’m sorry about that, your Honour. It’s my fault.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined Raynor $800, and banned him from driving all vehicles for one year.

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Published Jan 11, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm)

New Year’s Day drunk-driver banned

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