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Motorcyclist fined and banned from the roads for string of offences

A motorcyclist who fell off his bike when police stopped him for speeding has been banned from the roads after he admitted a string of traffic offences.

Dequan Lodge, 25, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to refusing to take a breath test, as well as driving an unlicensed motorcycle and speeding.

The court heard that police were conducting speed checks on North Shore Road near Flatts in Hamilton Parish.

They saw Lodge speeding at 80km/h – more than double the 35km/h speed limit – and stopped him in the parking lot of AME Bethel Church.

Lodge told the officers that he did not have his licence and eventually fell over while on his bike.

He later admitted drinking and officers arrested him on suspicion of drink-driving.

When told of his arrest, Lodge said: “No, you don’t have to do this.”

Lodge was taken to the Hamilton Police Station and was asked to take a breath test, but he told the officers, “no, f*** you” and refused to blow.

The incident happened on October 17.

Magistrate Craig Attridge fined Lodge $1,200 for refusing to take a breath test and banned him from the roads for 18 months.

He also fined Lodge, from St George’s, $850 for the other offences and ordered him to pay the fines by the end of the year.

Mr Attridge told Lodge: “Next time you interact with a police officer, remember to use your manners.”

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