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‘Hooligan’ drink driver banned after police chase

A teenager who led police on a high-speed chase was banned from the roads for 18 months and fined $1,000 on Friday after he admitted drink driving.

Magistrates’ Court heard that police parked near the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute on East Broadway near Hamilton when they spotted a motorbike travelling at high speed.

Officers followed the motorbike on to Berry Road and Point Finger Road, in Paget, and attempted to get the rider to stop.

The motorcyclist tried to ride between a parked car and a wall, but he lost control and stopped.

The motorcyclist identified himself as Cameron Coffey, 19, and he was arrested.

Asked if he had been drinking, he said: “I only had three Coronas at dinner”.

Police took Coffey, from Paget, to Hamilton Police Station and asked for a breath test.

Coffey failed the test, but the amount of alcohol in his system was not revealed in court.

The incident happened on November 19 last year.

Aqueelah Simmons, for the prosecution, told the court that Coffey should be fined $800 and banned from the road for 18 months.

She told the court: “This is a prevalent issue in Bermuda and a very serious offence.

“He is still a young man and he could have injured himself or others on the road.”

Coffey told the court that he stopped as soon as he could and that his grandfather had died a short time before the incident.

But senior magistrate Juan Wolffe said: “At 19 you’re drinking to an extent that you’re impaired and then driving like a hooligan – that’s not a good look.

“You need to learn to deal with your problems another way, or, respectfully, you could wind up in heaven with your grandfather.”

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