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Drink-driver banned for 18 months

Magistrates’ Court (file photograph)

A Paget man was banned from the roads for 18 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Demarlo Curtis, 33, admitted to the offence in Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Javone Rogers, for the Crown, told the court that police were heading west on Middle Road in Smith’s on August 28 when they noticed Curtis constantly driving his car over the centre line.

He made a wide turn on to Verdmont Road and officers approached him as he was turning on to Sayle Road.

He admitted to drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel, but told officers that he was swerving over the line because he was texting, not because he was intoxicated.

Curtis was then taken to the Hamilton Police Station, where a breath test revealed that he had a minimum of 126 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for driving in Bermuda is 80mg/100ml.

In addition to being banned, Curtis was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for the offence. Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson gave him until December 5 to pay the fine.

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