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Drink drivers banned for a year

Two Paget men were banned from the road after they were arrested for driving while impaired in separate incidents.

Andrew Spencer Arscott, 20, and Vincent Robinson, 24, both pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, while Robinson additionally admitted refusing a breath test and driving without a licence.

The court heard that at around 3.10am on Sunday, police on mobile patrol on Trimingham Hill saw Arscott travelling at high speed.

The officers followed Arscott and noticed that his driving appeared to be erratic, accelerating and decelerating suddenly and swerving across the road.

Arscott was pulled over near Strawberry Hill Drive and, when asked if he had been drinking, responded: “I had two or three drinks and decided it was time to leave.”

He was arrested in connection with an outstanding warrant and taken to Hamilton Police Station, where he gave police a sample of his breath. The lower reading revealed Arscott had 177mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, more than double the legal limit of 80mg.

At around 2.55am that same day, officers in an unmarked police vehicle were driving along Court Street when they were overtaken by a motorcycle, driven by Robinson.

The officers saw Robinson swerving into both lanes before making a sudden turn onto Parliament Street without indication. The police followed the cycle at speeds exceeding 70kph before pulling the vehicle over.

Noticing that Robinson appeared to have difficulty putting the vehicle on its stand, the officers asked him if he had been drinking. Robinson laughed in response, saying: “Yah. A bit.”

While he initially agreed to give a police a sample of breath, he refused after being taken to Hamilton Police Station.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined both men $1,000 for driving while impaired and disqualified them from driving all vehicles for one year.

Mr Warner issued no additional penalty against Robinson for refusing the breath test, but fined him $100 for driving without a licence.

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Published February 23, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 23, 2012 at 8:33 am)

Drink drivers banned for a year

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