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Three-year ban for drink-driving trucker who hit motorcyclist

A truck driver was yesterday banned from the roads until 2024 after he admitted hitting a motorcyclist and breaking his wrist.

Steven Ming, 57, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to causing grievous bodily harm to Marquel Tankard through drink driving.

He also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident without reasonable excuse.

The court heard that Ming was driving his truck on South Road in Southampton on June 27, 2019 when he collided with Mr Tankard, who was on a motorbike, near Church Road.

Mr Tankard was knocked off the bike by the impact, but Ming failed to stop.

Mr Tankard got back on his motorcycle and chased Ming, who pulled over at the Henry VIII restaurant.

Police arrived and Ming told them: “That guy hit me, you should lock him up”.

Ming admitted that he had had a drink “about four hours ago” when questioned.

He was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station for a breath test.

Kentisha Tweed, for the Crown, said that Ming failed the test, but did not disclose his blood alcohol level.

She added that Mr Tankard suffered a broken wrist as a result of the incident and was off work until October that year.

Ming, from Devonshire, was charged with the offences on January 22 last year and pleaded not guilty.

But switched his plea yesterday when a trial date was due to be set.

He told the court that he was banned for 18 months last December for another drink driving offence.

Ming added: “I’d just like to get this over with.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined Ming a total of $1,800 and ordered him to pay by March 19 in addition to the three-year ban.

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