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Man taken off the roads for drink-driving

A 28-year-old Warwick man has been fined $2,450 and banned from the roads for 18 months for committing a string of traffic violations on his birthday.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court this morning, Curtis Hill admitted driving without due care and attention, driving while impaired, failing to stop for Police and speeding on September 1.

The court heard that Police were conducting laser checks on South Road in Warwick, when they clocked Hill heading east at 67km/h.

He was pursued but failed to stop, accelerated and swerved to avoid the police officer who was attempting to flag him down in the road.

Hill turned onto Cobbs Hill Road, overtook a car on a blind corner, ran a stop sign onto Ord Road and then came to a stop at the laundromat on Ord Road, from where he tried to escape on foot.

He was caught, however, and as he was identifying himself, the officers noted that he appeared to be intoxicated.

The court heard that Hill told the officers that it was his birthday and that he had been drinking.

In court today, he said: “I apologise for my foolish actions. It won’t happen again.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo handed Hill, who is on remand for a separate matter, a $1,200 fine for driving while impaired and disqualified him from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

He also fined hill $800 for driving without due care and attention, $300 for speeding and $150 for failing to stop.

In a separate matter, Omar Young, of Devonshire, was sentenced to time served.

The 41-year-old pleaded guilty to wilfully obstructing a police officer and using offensive words in a public place in Paget on September 9.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith told the court that Young was stopped by Police for speeding on Crow Lane.

Young, however, insisted that he was not speeding and started swearing at the officers.

He also started waiving his hands so that he could not be handcuffed but was eventually arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station, where he spent two days in custody.

“Let’s call it a day now,” Mr Tokunbo told Young. “Take the two nights as your punishment for not cooperating.”

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