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Magistrate bans 22-year-old from the roads for 18 months

A man was banned from the roads for 18 months after admitting riding a motorbike while almost three times the legal drink-drive limit.

Police saw Christian Matias, 22, riding his motorcycle along Happy Valley Road in Pembroke and followed him after they saw him riding erratically, Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday.

He parked at Belvin’s Variety store, where officers saw several scrapes on his body and saw him struggle to get his motorcycle on its stand.

Officers spoke to Matias and he told them that he did not fall over while riding. But he admitted: “I had some Henny and Elephants.”

Officers arrested Matias on suspicion of riding while impaired and took him to Hamilton Police Station for a breath test.

The test showed that he had 206.5 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg/100ml.

Police also discovered that Matias did not have a valid licence for his motorcycle despite being ticketed for the offence two weeks before the stop.

The drink-driving incident happened on May 24 last year.

Matias, from Pembroke, admitted drink-driving and two counts of driving without a valid licence.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined him $1,000 for drink-driving and $200 for each count of riding without a licence.

He ordered him to pay it all by July 30.

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