Drunk driver jailed after injuring two women

A drunk dri­ver who plowed in­to two women and a car in La Ro­maine has been sent to jail for 17 months in jail.

Nuts ven­dor Den­nis Brown, 53, who has been in cus­tody since the in­ci­dent on June 29, had plead­ed guilty to dri­ving un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

This is the sec­ond time he was charged with drunk dri­ving, the first be­ing in 2011.

When he first ap­peared in court two weeks ago, San Fer­nan­do Traf­fic Court Mag­is­trate Lisa Singh-Phillip de­ferred sen­tence to get an up­date from the po­lice on the vic­tims’ con­di­tion and de­nied bail. The in­ci­dent took place at a bar sit­u­at­ed at Pond Street on June 29 where the two women, ages 53 and 23, were lim­ing.

In their state­ment, she said Brown en­tered his ve­hi­cle and slammed in­to her at full speed and then re­versed.

She said she was sit­ting in the bar area, but moved back in shock when she saw his car com­ing to­wards her.

The car struck her in the stom­ach and ribs area and she was flung in­to a neigh­bour’s yard. The oth­er woman said when the car slammed in­to her she was pitched in­side the bar. Both women were treat­ed and dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal but com­plained about body pains.

Ac­cord­ing to the facts read by pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Harold Ish­mael, PC Alex Mo­hammed was on pa­trol when he re­ceived the re­port about a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent around 12.30 am.

When he ar­rived on the scene, he met Brown seat­ed in his Sil­ver Nis­san B-14. While speak­ing to him, the of­fi­cer de­tect­ed a strong scent of al­co­hol em­a­nat­ing from his breath. When the of­fi­cer in­quired if he drank al­co­hol, Brown said, “Of­fi­cer ah over drink and look what go­ing on with me now, ah bounce down two peo­ple.” He was tak­en to the San Fer­nan­do Po­lice Sta­tion where he failed the breathal­yser tests with a read­ing of 105 mi­cro­grammes. The le­gal lim­it is 35 mi­cro­grammes.

The pros­e­cu­tor asked for a cus­to­di­al sen­tence. The mag­is­trate im­posed the cus­to­di­al sen­tence when he re­turned to court yes­ter­day.

 -  by Sascha Wilson

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