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Senior banned from roads for drunk driving

A drunk driver involved in a two-vehicle collision has been banned from the roads for 18 months.

Neville Simons, 72, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty in Magistrates' Court this morning to failing a breath test.

The court heard that Simons was involved in a collision with another vehicle at the junction of College Road and South Shore Road in Paget on December 3.

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke told the court that officers observed Simons having difficulty standing by himself, that he smelled strongly of intoxicants and that his speech was slurred.

Ms Clarke also told the court that an “open beer” was found in Simons's car.

Asked if he had been drinking that day, Simons replied: “I had tea.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo asked Simons what kind of tea he had been drinking, to which he replied: “I had a beer. It was in my car.”

The court heard that the result from the breath test showed a reading of 198 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrams.

Mr Tokunbo fined Simons $1,200 and banned him from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

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Published December 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm (Updated December 11, 2014 at 12:44 am)

Senior banned from roads for drunk driving

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