Teen traffic offender fined $3,300

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A teenage motorcyclist who gave police a false name after failing to stop has been fined more than $3,000 for a string of traffic offences.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court this morning, 17-year-old Essette Winters, of Sandys, pleaded guilty to seven offences that took place in the West End on Saturday.

Winters admitted making a false statement to police, failing to stop for police and driving without due care and attention.

She also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified by age, driving without a driver’s licence, riding an unlicensed cycle and having no third party insurance.

Winters initially denied all charges except making a false statement, telling the court that she was not riding the bike. However, she later changed her pleas to guilty on all counts.

According to prosecutor Kenlyn Swan, police stationed at White Hill spotted Winters riding an unlicensed cycle and pursued her with their emergency equipment engaged.

She did not stop and rode onto a golf course, where she dropped the bike and disappeared into the bushes along with a second person on the bike.

When she remerged, she gave the officers a false name. Her identity was revealed when her guardian attended the police station.

Magistrate Archibald Warner fined her a total of $3,300 for all seven offences and handed her a total of 33 demerit points.

• In a separate matter, 53-year-old Agostino Fernandes was fined and taken off the roads for drink-driving.

Fernandes pleaded guilty to driving on Palmetto Road while impaired by alcohol on November 16 last year.

The court heard that the St George’s resident crashed his cycle into the wall of the Palmetto Road roundabout at the junction with Frog Lane and Dock Hill.

He was taken to hospital via ambulance and when officers attended King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, his breath smelled of alcohol and his eyes were red and glazed.

Fernandes identified himself as the driver and when asked if he had been drinking, he said: “I had a few too many.”

An analysis of blood samples showed that he had 225 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — more than 2½ times the legal limit of 80mg.

Mr Warner handed him a $1,500 fine and disqualified him from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

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