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Impaired restaurateur caught speeding on bike

A restaurateur caught speeding and riding while impaired was fined $1,300 in Magistrates’ Court.

David Madeiros, co-owner of Red Steakhouse and Bar, pleaded guilty to the offences.

The 39-year-old Devonshire resident was stopped by police for speeding near Crow Lane at 3am on January 13.

The officers clocked him at 76kph.

The court heard today that Madeiros appeared unsteady on his feet after he put the bike on its stand.

He admitted to the officers he’d had a few glasses of wine before leaving work.

Told that he was being arrested on suspicion of impaired driving, Madeiros asked the officers if they were serious.

Lawyer Richard Horseman asked the court to take into consideration his client’s guilty plea, good character and the fact that he has no previous convictions.

“He works late night in the restaurant business and he apologises for his actions,” Mr Horseman said.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered Madeiros to pay $800 for impaired driving and banned him from the road for a year. Madeiros was also ordered to pay an additional $500 for speeding. Mr Warner issued seven demerit points for the traffic offences.

Meanwhile a 29-year-old was jailed for ten days after he pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to traffic offences.

Aaron Crockwell, of St George’s, admitted driving while impaired on January 19. He was disqualified from all vehicles at the time.

He was stopped by police at 3.05am while travelling with a friend on Mullet Bay Road and told the court that he only rode the motorcycle because his friend was too drunk.

Said Mr Warner: “You both were drunk, only you knew you were off the road. The good book says ‘Those who have ears, let them hear’.”

He pointed out that Crockwell had been disqualified from all vehicles on July 18, 2011, for two years.

Said Mr Warner: “This court advised you and warned you of the consequences that if you ride while disqualified more than once what the consequences would be, and on top of that you were impaired.”

Crockwell insisted he had been drinking on the night in question but that he wasn’t drunk. He pleaded with the court to give him more time off the road, a heavier fine and a second chance but not a jail term.

“I have an eight-month-old daughter who I’m solely responsible for, and I can pay a heavier fine because I have a job,” he said.

But Mr Warner replied: “You had your daughter when you decided to ride the motorcycle.”

The defendant explained that his daughter was not in his care at the time of the offence, as the child’s mother only left to return to England two days ago.

“I would even take more time off the road,” he said.

Mr Warner replied: “That’s the problem. You were already off the road and it’s clear we can’t keep you off the road and it doesn’t make sense to give you any more time off the road.”

He sentenced Crockwell to ten days’ imprisonment on both charges, with the charges to run concurrently.

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Published January 23, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm)

Impaired restaurateur caught speeding on bike

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