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Top Bermuda runner banned for drink-driving

A top Bermuda runner has been banned from driving for three years after police found him lying on his back with his bike next to him in the early hours of the morning.

Lamont Marshall, who recently returned from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, was also fined $2,500 after admitting drink-driving at Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Marshall, who was runner-up in this year's Appleby Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby, was jailed for six months in April 2013 for causing serious injuries to a motorcyclist and his pillion passenger by driving dangerously.

Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney told the court yesterday that police officers were called to a single-vehicle accident on Crow Lane, Pembroke, at about 3.45am on August 3 last year.

Marshall was found lying on his back with his bike next to him.

Mr Mahoney said that when the officers asked Marshall if he was injured, he mumbled incoherently.

He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where officers smelled alcohol on his breath.

A Breathalyser test at Hamilton Police Station determined that he had 167mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood — more than twice the legal limit of 80mg.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo handed Marshall a $2,500 fine and disqualified him from driving all vehicles for three years.

The Crown accepted Marshall's plea to drink-driving and offered no evidence on the alternative charge of driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

In a separate matter, Quincey Simmons, of Warwick, was banned from driving for 18 months.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to driving while impaired on Cavendish Road, Pembroke, on August 7.

The Crown accepted his plea and offered no evidence on the alternative charge of driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

Simmons also admitted failing to stop for police and not holding a valid driver's licence on the same date.

The court heard that police officers noticed Simmons swerving on his motorcycle as he was riding along Front Street near the junction with Court Street.

When the officers tried to stop him, he accelerated but lost control of the bike and was apprehended.

The officers asked him if he had been drinking and Simmons replied that he had consumed three or four swizzles.

He was taken to Hamilton Police Station, where it was determined that he had 140mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Mr Tokunbo handed Simmons a $1,200 fine and disqualified him from driving for 18 months.

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Published August 15, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 15, 2015 at 9:50 am)

Top Bermuda runner banned for drink-driving

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