A retired fire officer has been arrested for driving under the influence—some 2.5 times over the legal limit.

Guardian Media understands the 56-year-old man was held on Thursday night during a police operation led by officers of the Port of Spain Division. 

Police reported that they had cause to intercept a vehicle which was proceeding along the Priority Bus Route, just before the City Gate terminal.

When the officers intercepted the vehicle, they detected the strong scent of alcohol on the man’s breath and conducted a breathalyzer test. The man gave a reading of 90 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath (µg/100mL).

The legal limit in this country is 35µg/100mL.

The man was arrested and charged for the offence. He also faces an additional charge of driving on the Priority Bus Route without authorization. 

The operation was coordinated by Snr Supt Moore, and Supt Ruben, and included ASP Sooker, Sgt Bharath, Cpl Guerra, CP Nanan, PC Khan, PC Quintero, and WPC Wickham, among others.

A total of 10 tickets were also issued to drivers in breach of traffic laws and regulations.