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Drink-driver given 18-month roads ban

A man who admitted two separate drink-driving charges was banned from the roads for 18 months yesterday.

Ian DeSilva, 43, pleaded guilty to failing to take a breath test on January 7 and impaired driving on November 24 last year.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo was told DeSilva was stopped by police on Middle Road, near Morgan Road, in Warwick, at about 2.15am on January 7.

DeSilva, from Warwick, told officers: “F*** off, I’ve done nothing wrong. I’m driving fine,” and refused a breath test.

He was also pulled over by police on Crow Lane, near Hamilton, just before midnight on November 24 last year.

DeSilva was asked if he had been drinking.

He told officers: “Yes I did, why?”

A later breath test showed 232 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — close to three times the legal limit.

Mr Tokunbo fined DeSilva $800 and banned him from driving for a year for the January offence. He was also fined $1,200 in addition to an 18-month ban for the November charge.

He was additionally fined $300 for using offensive words to a police officer.

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