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Taxi driver sent to DUI court after breath test refusal

A taxi driver was banned from the roads until further notice yesterday after he admitted a refusal to take a breath test.

Magistrates’ Court heard that an off-duty police officer saw a grey taxi swerving on Trimingham Road in Paget.

The officer followed the cab on to South Road, where it forced road users in the opposite lane to brake to avoid a collision.

The officer called 911 to alert police to the taxi and colleagues stopped the cab on Cobbs Hill Road in Paget.

They arrested Raymond Raynor, 29, on suspicion of drink driving and took him to Hamilton Police Station for a breath test.

But Raynor failed to properly perform the test, which the officers said amounted to a refusal.

Raynor, from Devonshire, said he no longer drove a taxi and worked in a car valet service.

He admitted in court that he “might have a small problem” and asked to be sent to the DUI Court.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe referred the case to today’s sitting of the DUI Court.

He also ordered Raynor to have a drugs assessment, as well as ordering him not to drive until further notice.

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