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Police require speaker mode to halt drink-driver

A man who almost collided with other drivers last month while on his way home was fined $1,500 yesterday after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Magistrates’ Court heard that police stationed on Middle Road in Southampton spotted Madagedara Gunasinghe, 55, driving in an erratic manner and followed him.

They then saw him drive his car into the opposite lane and almost collide with oncoming traffic.

The officers turned on their emergency lights to get Gunasinghe to stop, but he did so only after they communicated to him using their loudspeaker.

Gunasinghe, from Sandys, admitted to drinking before he got behind the wheel and he was arrested.

The incident took place on October 31.

The prosecution did not tell the court how much alcohol was present in Gunasinghe’s blood at the time of the incident.

Magistrate Maxanne Anderson banned him from the roads for 18 months and ordered him to pay his fine by the end of the day.

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