Motorist admits driving while impaired

  • Magistrates' Court (File photograph)

    Magistrates' Court (File photograph)

A man caught drink driving twice on the same road four years apart was referred to the DUI Court programme yesterday.

Travis DeShields, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while impaired on Malabar Road, Sandys.

The first incident happened in 2014 and the second in 2018.

Magistrates’ Court heard police responded to a collision between a car and a motorcycle near the junction of Malabar Road and Kitchener Road on August 5, 2018.

DeShields, who was on the motorcycle, was injured in the collision and the driver of the car was unhurt.

Officers noticed the smell of alcohol on DeShields’s breath and that his eyes were glazed.

He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with injuries to his hip.

DeShields refused to take a blood test.

The court also heard DeShields was arrested on the same road four years earlier.

Police were carrying out laser speed checks near Malabar Road’s junction with Hayden Road on June 22, 2014 when they saw DeShields approach on a motorcycle at about 1.25am.

The officers said he appeared unsteady and after they stopped him they noticed his speech was slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol.

DeShields admitted he had been drinking, but refused to take a breath test.

Bruce Swan, who represented DeShields, said the defendant had “some issues with alcohol” and would be suitable for the DUI Court programme.

Magistrate Maxanne Anderson referred DeShields to the programme and warned him he could not drive any vehicle until there was a further order from the court.

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