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Three drink-drivers banned from the roads

Three men have been fined and taken off the roads for driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

Appearing in Magistrates' Court this morning, Denzil Gibbons, of Warwick, pleaded guilty to the offence on Corkscrew Hill on October 8.

The court heard that the 33-year-old was stopped after officers saw him running a stop sign at the junction with Crow Lane, Pembroke.

While speaking to him, they noticed signs of intoxication and he said: “I've been out fishing all day. Of course I've been drinking.”

Gibbons became irritated when the officers placed him in handcuffs and they proceeded to search him.

“You want to search me?” Gibbons asked, pulling down his trousers and boxers to expose his genitals.

The officers pulled them back up and continued the search before taking Gibbons to Hamilton Police Station.

A breathalyser showed that he had 209 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — more than 2½ times the legal limit of 80ml.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo handed him a $1,200 fine and banned him from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

Also in court, Thomas Farrow, of Paget, pleaded guilty to driving while over the prescribed limit on Crow Lane.

The court heard that police officers attended a single-vehicle road traffic accident on July 31 and saw Farrow being treated in an ambulance.

The officers later questioned the 26-year-old at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he admitted that he had been drinking, adding that “it was a stupid, stupid decision”.

He consented to giving two blood samples, which showed that he had 215mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. Mr Tokunbo fined him $1,200 and also banned him from the roads for 18 months.

In a third matter, Clarence Virgil, of Pembroke, admitted driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit on South Road in Paget on October 3.

The court heard that the 48-year-old was stopped by police after he was seen swerving into the opposite lane on his motorcycle.

The officers noticed that he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were glazed. Questioned if he had been drinking, Virgil said he'd had “a drink and two beers”.

He was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station where it was determined that he had 147 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — the legal limit is 80mg.

Virgil apologised to the court and Mr Tokunbo handed him a $1,200 fine, also banning him from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

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Published October 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm (Updated October 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm)

Three drink-drivers banned from the roads

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