Drunk partygoer fined, banned from driving for 3 years

A par­ty­go­er who was caught dri­ving un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol fol­low­ing a Car­ni­val fete has been dis­qual­i­fied from dri­ving for three years and slapped with an $11,000 fine.

Pradeep Ramkissoon, 29, was among three dri­vers who ap­peared be­fore San Fer­nan­do Traf­fic Court mag­is­trate Anslem Le­an­der and were dis­qual­i­fied from dri­ving.

Ramkissoon was re­turn­ing home on Sat­ur­day af­ter Xpe­ri­ence Cool­er Fete at Bri­an Lara Sta­di­um in Tarou­ba.

Court pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Harold Ish­mael said around 1.45 pm PC Heer­alal was on pa­trol when he ob­served a black Hilux swerv­ing along the S.S Erin Road, Debe.

Ish­mael said the black Hilux over­took a line of traf­fic caus­ing ve­hi­cles to veer off the road­way in an at­tempt to avoid a col­li­sion.

The of­fi­cer at­tempt­ed to in­ter­cept the van but it sped off, re­sult­ing in a high-speed chase. The po­lice even­tu­al­ly stopped the van. While speak­ing to Ramkissoon, the of­fi­cer de­tect­ed a strong scent of al­co­hol and ob­served that his eyes were blood­shot and his speech slurred.

When asked if he had con­sumed al­co­hol, Ramkissoon said, “Of­fi­cer, I had a few drinks. I now come from the fete in Bri­an Lara.” He failed the breathal­yser test with a read­ing of 57 mi­cro­grams. The le­gal lim­it is 35 mi­cro­grammes. Ramkissoon was giv­en four months to pay the mon­ey or serve three years in jail.

In an­oth­er in­ci­dent, around 11.45 pm on Fri­day Acki­mo Cob­han was dri­ving his Ti­i­da along Jarvis Street, Vista­bel­la, when PC Fi­garo stopped him.

The pros­e­cu­tor said Fi­garo re­quest­ed Cob­han’s dri­ving doc­u­ments and while speak­ing to him de­tect­ed an al­co­hol scent on his breath.

Cob­han ad­mit­ted that he had been drink­ing. Fi­garo ad­min­is­tered the breathal­yser tests on Cob­han, 30, who failed with a read­ing of 53 mi­cro­grammes.

Cob­han, a scaf­fold­er, was al­so fined $11,000. He has three months to pay the mon­ey or serve three years in jail.

He was al­so dis­qual­i­fied from dri­ving for three years.

Aniel Kapil Man­nah was not on­ly dri­ving un­der the in­flu­ence but with an ex­pired dri­ver’s per­mit and with­out a valid in­sur­ance pol­i­cy.

The pros­e­cu­tor said Man­nah was ar­rest­ed around 10.20 am on Sat­ur­day af­ter he was stopped by PC Roopc­hand for a rou­tine check.

Man­nah’s per­mit ex­pired since Oc­to­ber last year. Roopc­hand in­formed him that since his per­mit had ex­pired the ve­hi­cle’s cer­tifi­cate of in­sur­ance would not be valid. 

The of­fi­cer then ad­min­is­tered the breathal­yser tests on him af­ter de­tect­ing al­co­hol on his breath.

He failed with a read­ing of 42 mi­cro­grammes.

The mag­is­trate placed Man­nah on a $2,000 bond for two years to keep the peace and be of good be­hav­iour. He was al­so fined $2,500 or in de­fault four months in jail on the in­sur­ance charge.

For dri­ving with an ex­pired per­mit, he was dis­qual­i­fied from dri­ving for three years and al­so fined $400 or in de­fault three months in prison. He has three months to pay the fines.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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