Man gets road ban after crashing into gate

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A public transport worker has been banned from driving for 18 months and fined $1,200 after he admitted a drink driving charge.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Eugene Ball was found by police asleep in the passenger seat of a car which had crashed into a gate at the Public Transportation Board headquarters in Devonshire.

Ball, 35, told police he had not been driving the car — but a witness identified him as the man behind the wheel when the car hit the gate.

A later breath test showed that Ball had 179 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — more than twice the legal limit.

The incident happened in the early hours of September 23.

Ball, who pleaded guilty, told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo it was “a foolish judgment call” and offered a reference letter from his manager.

He added: “I am extremely sorry and remorseful for what I did. It was something that will never happen again.”

But Mr Tokunbo said that despite the “glowing recommendation” from Ball’s supervisor, an 18 month driving ban was mandatory.

In a separate incident, Joseph Gavor, 41, admitted driving while more than two-and-three-quarters the legal alcohol limit.

The court heard that an off-duty police officer driving on Pembroke’s Langton Hill saw Gavor’s vehicle leave the road on Robin Hood Drive and swerve back on again.

Gavor, of Pembroke, admitted he had drunk several glasses of wine earlier.

A breath test showed he had 222 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — more than 2.75 times the legal limit of 80/100.

The incident happened in the early hours of September 21.

Mr Tokunbo fined Gavor $1,200 and banned him from driving for 18 months.

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