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Rider with no helmet had been drinking, court hears

A 46-year-old St David’s man was banned from the roads after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Dion Burgess apologised to Magistrates’ Court for the offence, and told Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner he had just been let go from a job.

Crown counsel Kirsty-Ann Kiellor said that police on mobile patrol stopped Burgess at 10.10pm on Saturday night.

He was driving East on his motorcycle on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish, wearing no helmet and swerving from side to side.

Asked if he had been drinking, Burgess replied “Yes” and was arrested.

However, he refused to comply with demands for a breath sample.

In court, Burgess told Mr Warner: “I’ve been under a lot of stress. I thought drinking would take care of that, but it made things worse.”

He was fined $1,000 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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Published September 20, 2011 at 9:36 am (Updated September 20, 2011 at 9:36 am)

Rider with no helmet had been drinking, court hears

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