Driver reversed into police officer’s car

A Pembroke man has been fined and banned from the roads for failing to give a breath sample to police.

Marcus Fox admitted the offence that happened in Pembroke on February 2 when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The 26-year-old also pleaded guilty to driving without a driver’s licence on the same date.

The court heard that an off-duty police officer parked his car next to Fox’s at the Esso City gas station on Richmond Road.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith said Fox struck the police officer’s car as he reversed out of the parking bay.

When the officer spoke to the defendant, he noticed his breath smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot.

He got the attention of on-duty police officers, who arrested Fox on suspicion of impaired driving.

Fox refused to provide a sample of breath for analysis.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined him $150 for having no licence and $800 for failing to give the breath sample.

He also disqualified Fox from driving all vehicles for 12 months.

Also in court, Barry Gibbons, 62, was fined $800 for driving without due care and attention.

Ms Smith said police officers saw Gibbons, of Devonshire, riding between cars on Middle Road, Paget, creating a third lane.

He was stopped and ticketed for the offence.

Mr Tokunbo fined him $800 and also handed him 10 demerit points on his licence.

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