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Man fined after pleading guilty to drink driving

A man who rear-ended a truck while more than two and a half times the legal alcohol limit was banned from the roads for 18 months last week.

Pierre Nicholas, 33, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

The court heard that police were called to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Khyber Pass and Tribe Road Number 5 in Warwick around 7.30pm on May 8 last year.

Officers found a truck and a car at the scene of the accident and learnt that the driver of the car, who was later revealed to be Nicholas, had collided into the back of the truck when it stopped suddenly.

When questioned, Nicholas denied having been drinking before the incident, but officers still arrested him on suspicion of drink driving.

He was taken to Hamilton Police Station where a sample of breath was demanded for analysis.

The test showed that Nicholas had 203.9 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg/100ml.

Susan Mulligan, for the defence, asked for leniency for her client because he was not responsible for the accident and had just started working.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe fined Nicholas, from Sandys, $1,500 in addition to his road ban and ordered him to pay by August 31.

In an unrelated matter, Nicholas also pleaded guilty to creating a wake with a boat on August 16 last year.

He was fined $100 and also given until the end of August to pay the fine.