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Woman fined for breath test refusal

A woman was fined $1,700 after she was caught driving after curfew and later refused to take a breath test.

Magistrates’ Court heard last week that police stopped Kristin Gibbons, 33, on Court Street in Pembroke after they saw her in her car at about 1.20am – nearly an hour after the 12.30am to 5.30am Government curfew started.

Officers noticed she had to lean on her car for balance after she got out of the vehicle and arrested her on suspicion of drink driving.

Gibbons was taken to Hamilton police station and asked to take a breath test.

But she told officers: “No, I just want to go to sleep.”

The incident happened on January 2.

Gibbons, from Hamilton Parish, apologised for her actions and said: “It was out of character – that’s not how I normally act.”

Magistrate Craig Attridge banned Gibbons from the roads for 18 months and fined her $1,200 for the breath test refusal.

He fined her another $500 for the breach of curfew.

Mr Attridge told Gibbons: “This was not your finest hour. I hope we do not see you again and that you act accordingly.”

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