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Two men banned from the roads after admitting drinking and driving

Magistrates' Court (photo by Glenn Tucker)

Two men were each banned from the roads for 18 months yesterday after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson heard that police stopped Ruben Amante, 63, from Pembroke, on South Road in Paget shortly after 11pm on Sunday, July 31.

Officers noticed Amante driving his car over the centre line. They stopped him and smelt alcohol on his breath.

When questioned by police, he admitted to consuming “four beers” before getting behind the wheel.

A breathalyser test later revealed that Amante had a minimum of 144.6 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, nearly double the legal limit of 80 milligrams.

Magistrates’ Court also heard that police stopped 28-year-old Arnold Luima, from Warwick, near Crow Lane in Paget, at around 3.30am on Sunday, July 24.

Luima admitted to police that he had consumed “a few drinks” before getting on his bike.

A breathalyser test later revealed that Luima had a minimum of 116 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

In addition to being disqualified from driving for 18 months, Ms Anderson ordered that both defendants pay a $1,500 fine.

She gave both defendants until Friday September 2 to pay their respective fines.