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Man loses licence after Christmas Day bike crash

A man who crashed his bike into a side walk on Christmas night has been banned from the roads for 18 months.

Karthikeyna Kadirvelu, 34, from Pembroke, pleaded guilty today in Magistrates’ Court to a charge that he had care and control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol.

The court heard that at about 10.30pm on December 25, police received a report of a single vehicle accident on St John’s Road in Pembroke, near the junction with Langton Hill.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw Kadirvelu lying on the side walk with his helmet on and a motorcycle about three feet away.

A witness told police that Kadirvelu was travelling east on St John’s Road when he struck the side walk and came off the vehicle.

He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment, and when officers went to get a statement from him, they noticed that he smelt of alcohol and had been sick on the floor near his bed.

After he pleaded guilty, Kadirvelu apologised and urged the court not to take away his licence as he said he needed it to get to and from work.

But magistrate Tyrone Chin said there was “not a lot of wiggle room”.

He disqualified Kadirvelu from the roads for 18 months and fined him $1,500.

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