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Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain

A San Fernando man, who failed to learn from his previous arrests for drunk driving, will now serve nine months in jail.

Vishal Ramnarine, of Duncan Village, was also disqualified from driving for the rest of his life.

The sentence was imposed by Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while disqualified.

Court prosecutor Sgt Harold Ishmael gave the court a brief account of his arrest on Sunday.

Around 10.20 am, PC Nathoo was on mobile patrol when he saw a grey Honda Civic exit Papourie Road onto the M2 Ring Road.

The car then began swerving on the roadway as it approached the police vehicle.

The officer caused the vehicle to stop and as he approached he saw Ramnarine quickly move from the driver’s seat to the back seat.

While speaking to him, PC Nathoo detected a strong alcohol odour on his breath and that his speech was slurred.

When asked for his driving documents, Ramnarine said, “Boss I don’t have no drivers permit, I get disqualified from driving and the court take it.”

The police subsequently administered the breathalyser tests which he failed with a reading of 103 microgrammes.

The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Last year, Ramnarine was arrested and charged three times for drunk driving.

He was convicted and fined in two while the other charge is still pending.

The magistrate jailed him for nine months on each charge and permanently disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver’s permit.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.