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Men given road bans for drinking and driving

A man who admitted crashing into a Trimingham Hill wall after drinking has been banned from the road for a year.

Gavin Stevens, 25, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to refusing to provide police with a sample of breath following the crash, which occurred on November 14.

The court heard that at around 3.18am that day, police were on mobile patrol when they found a car stationary in the northbound lane having crashed into a limestone wall.

As the officers watched, Stevens climbed out of the drivers seat of the vehicle and said: “I just f***ed up my car.”

Officers noticed that Stevens was slurring his words and appeared to be unsteady on his feet. The defendant admitted having been drinking that evening, but told the police he could not remember how much he had drunk.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of impaired driving, but refused requests to provide a breath sample.

Appearing in court, Stevens admitted the offence, saying: “I will admit that I was drinking. I wasn’t blackout, stupid drunk, but I did have something to drink.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined Stevens $800, banning him from driving all vehicles for a year.

Also appearing before the courts was Mario Furtado, 50, who pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while impaired by alcohol in an incident which occurred on November 15.

The court heard that shortly after midnight, officers were travelling along Harrington Sound Road when they saw the Smith’s Parish resident in front of them, riding at very low speeds. As the officers followed Furtado, the rider stopped in the middle of the road and waved at the police to overtake him.

The police pulled Furtado over and, while speaking with him, noticed that his breath smelled of alcohol and he was unsteady on his feet. Asked if he had been drinking, Furtado said that he had some wine and some beer.

When told that he was going to be arrested, he told the officers: “Come on. I live just up the road. Give me a break.”

After pleading guilty, Furtado apologised to the court for his actions.

Mr Tokunbo fined the defendant $1,200, banning him from the road for 18 months.

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