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Firefighter keeps licence after impaired driving offence

A Paget firefighter was yesterday fined after he admitted drinking and driving, but left the court with his driver’s licence intact.

Dennis Kelly, 39, was arrested on June 2 after officers received a report of a vehicle being driven erratically along Harrington Sound Road, and hitting a wall.

Police stopped the car, driven by Kelly, on Knapton Hill and noticed that the defendant appeared unsteady on his feet and his breath smelled of alcohol.

Asked if he had been drinking, Kelly told the officer that he had a few Amstel Lights.

Duty counsel Oonagh Vaucrosson told the court that Kelly was extremely apologetic about the incident, which she described as a silly mistake.

She also asked the court to not strip him of his licence to drive class 8 vehicles as it would cost him his job.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined Kelly $1,500 and issued seven demerit points.

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Published June 06, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 05, 2013 at 10:33 pm)

Firefighter keeps licence after impaired driving offence

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