Disturbance at takeaway leads to drink driving ban
A man who came to the attention of police after a disturbance in a takeaway restaurant was fined and banned from the roads for a drink driving offence.
Magistrates’ Court heard last week that Christopher Bell-Rhoda refused to wear a mask, tried to jump over the counter of the Ice Queen at Rural Hill Plaza in Paget and demanded food.
The manager called police and officers found Bell-Rhoda, 31, sitting on a motorcycle outside the shop.
Police spoke to Bell-Rhoda, who was sitting on the machine with the keys in the ignition, and suspected he had been drinking.
Bell-Rhoda said when questioned: “I was at the Beach on Front Street.”
The incident happened on July 8 about 10pm.
Officers arrested Bell-Rhoda for having care and control of a vehicle while impaired and took him to Hamilton Police Station for a breath test.
But Bell-Rhoda, from Devonshire, refused to take the test.
He told the court yesterday that he suffered from anger management problems.
Bell-Rhoda added he was not drunk at the time, but that he did not want “to prolong this matter any further”.
Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe fined Bell-Rhoda $1,000 and ordered him to pay by November 30.
He also banned Bell-Rhoda from the roads for 18 months.
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