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Taxi driver pleads guilty to impaired driving

A taxi driver caught drink driving on the night of his birthday was yesterday sent to DUI Court.

Magistrates’ Court heard that police stopped a taxi cab near Longford Road in Warwick after they saw it overtake other vehicles in a dangerous manner.

Ellsworth Smith, 41, the driver, told officers that he had one drink and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Officers took him to Hamilton Police Station where they demanded that he give a sample of breath for analysis.

Smith failed the breath test, but the amount of alcohol in his system was not read in court.

The incident took place in the early hours of February 8 last year.

Smith, from Warwick, told the court that he was caught on his way home on the night of his birthday.

Jonathan White, for the defence, asked that his client be referred to DUI Court to help him with any alcohol problems he may have.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered a social inquiry report for Smith and referred the case to DUI Court today.

He released Smith on $1,000 bail and banned him from the roads until further notice.

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