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Two drivers given road bans for drinking and driving

Two men were banned from the road this morning for impaired driving, despite pleas for leniency.

Jermaine Douglas, 45, pleaded guilty to impaired driving in an incident on Devon Springs Road on July 5, 2022.

The court heard that at about 6.30pm that day police received reports of a single-vehicle collision near the site of the former recycling plant.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Douglas being tended to for facial injuries with a motorcycle on its side in the road.

The officers spoke to Douglas, who told them that he was on his way to his home in Devonshire when he lost control of the motorcycle and fell.

The officers noticed Douglas was slurring his words and asked if he had been drinking, to which he responded: “I had a few drinks down east.”

Douglas was arrested and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Samples of blood were taken from him at the hospital, which revealed 158 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — almost double the legal limit of 80 milligrams.

After pleading guilty, Douglas asked the court for leniency stating that he needed to drive a heavy truck for his work.

“That’s my only way of making an income for my son,” he said.

Magistrate Tyrone Chin said that a period of disqualification was mandatory.

“By the facts of the case it sounds like you were lucky you didn’t suffer any more serious injury,” he said. “How many deaths have we had in the last week just from road traffic accidents?”

Mr Chin banned Douglas from the road for 18 months and fined him $1,500.

Arun Konaru, from Sandys, also appeared in Magistrates’ Court to admit a charge of driving while impaired.

The court heard that Konaru, 41, was spotted by police riding east on Crow Lane at 11.40am on January 6.

The officers noted that Konaru repeatedly changing lanes on the road before he pulled into a bus lay-by near Berry Hill Road.

He was subsequently arrested after he admitted that he had been drinking that evening.

In court, Konaru said that he knew he was in the wrong, but that he needed transportation for his work as a restaurant manager in Dockyard.

While he added that he was not “entirely intoxicated”, Mr Chin noted that the offence of impaired driving — which he had admitted — can apply after even a single drink of alcohol.

The magistrate added that when it came to the period of disqualification, his hands were tied.

Mr Chin said: “You should have had that consideration before you had that drink or drinks.”

He banned Konaru from driving for 18 months and fined him $1,500.

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