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Truck driver fined for refusing breath test

A motorist who was seen by police driving a truck over the centre line in Hamilton has been ordered to participate in a court treatment programme.

Dean Bassett, 55, from Southampton, pleaded guilty to refusing to take a breath test when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that on March 7, officers saw Bassett crossing over the centre line on Reid Street, almost striking the kerb at one point.

Police followed Bassett to the 24-hour gas station on Church Street, where he parked the truck.

They heard that Bassett’s speech was slurred, smelt alcohol on his breath and also saw an open can of beer on the driver’s side of his vehicle.

Bassett declined to take a Breathalyser test after being asked to do so several times.

Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson ordered that Bassett participate in DUI Court beginning on May 2 and released him on $1,500 bail until that time.

She also ordered that an alcohol and drug assessment be written for Bassett.

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