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Red light pile-up driver admits he was drinking before crash

A man who left the scene of an accident was fined and banned from the roads for 18 months yesterday after he admitted he had been drinking before the crash.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Joe Dill, 30, was driving his car on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish and came across a temporary traffic light at red.

He failed to stop in time and rear-ended a stationary car, which was pushed into another vehicle.

Dill got out of the car to check the damage, but when other motorists suspected he had been drinking, he got back inside and drove away.

Police arrived at the scene and witnesses gave a description of Dill and passed on his licence plate details.

Officers visited Dill’s Devonshire home and found a car with “extensive damage to its front”.

Dill admitted being involved in a collision and told officers that he left the scene because “I just wanted to go home to see my children”.

He also admitted that he was intoxicated and was arrested.

The amount of alcohol in his system was not disclosed in court.

The incident happened on March 14 last year.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined Dill $1,000 and ordered him to pay by March 4.

He also banned Dill from the roads for 18 months.

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