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