Drink driver told police: put me in jail

A 26-year-old Sandys man has been sentenced to 80 days in prison and banned from driving for a year.

Khyri Smith Williams admitted that he refused to give a breath sample to police while under suspicion of impaired driving on November 13, 2016. He denied a further charge of driving while impaired.

Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday how, at about 1.15am, officers observed three motorcyclists riding at speed near PriceRite in Warwick.

The officers chased the bikes before one of them turned off. As police were pursuing the lone rider, he tried to turn, but fell off his bike.

He attempted to escape, but fell a second time. Police walked Smith back to his cycle and said he was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol, had glazed eyes and slurred speech.

Smith told officers: “Yes, I’m f***ing drunk, I was drinking everything. Lock me up, I’m going to prison anyway.”

He was asked to give a sample of breath which he refused to do. Instead he told them: “Put me in a cell.”

Smith chose 80 days in prison over the option of an $800 fine and was banned from the road for a year.

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