DPP finds vomiting drink-driver
A man who was treated in hospital after being found vomiting on the roadside by the director of the Department of Public Prosecutions two years ago admitted yesterday to driving while impaired.
Rodwyn Tucker, 33, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to having care and control of a car while under the influence.
The court heard that Larry Mussenden, the DPP, found Tucker vomiting beside his car, parked by St Mark’s Church in Smith’s.
Mr Mussenden suspected the defendant of being impaired and requested his car keys.
Tucker complied and laid in the back seat before Mr Mussenden called police.
Officers arrived and requested an ambulance for Tucker, as well as an unnamed passenger who was unresponsive and also suspected of drinking.
The two were taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. Police arrested Tucker on suspicion of impaired driving.
When he was warned, Tucker said: “I haven’t driven since Beach Fest.”
Officers then demanded a sample of breath for analysis, but Tucker refused.
The incident took place in August 2017.
T’Deana Spencer, for the defence, told the court that her client, from Hamilton Parish, had waited on the side of the road to see if he would get better before he attempted to drive.
Tucker said that he had initially attended Magistrates’ Court in 2017, but his case had not been mentioned.
He added that the charge had not been mentioned to him any time he had been stopped by police and learnt about the charge only when he was arrested over the weekend.
Magistrate Tyrone Chin fined Tucker $1,500 and ordered him to pay by October 14.
He also banned Tucker from the roads for 18 months.
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