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$5,000/3 months for drunken driving

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

 A MAN who was almost 100 microgrammes over the legal alcohol limit when he was arrested at an accident site was yesterday ordered by the court to pay a $5,000 fine immediately.

Hemat Mungal, 26, of Debe, who admitted that he had been drinking before the crash, will face three months’ hard labour should the money go unpaid.

Police prosecutor Dianath Harricharan told the San Fernando Traffic Court that it was around 7.30 p.m. on Sunday that the police responded to a road accident along Guaracara/Tabaquite Road, Gasparillo.

Mungal was deemed to be the one responsible for the accident and, when interviewed, alcohol was smelt on his breath and his speech was slurred.

No one was injured in the crash but Mungal’s car was badly damaged, the police said. At Gasparillo Police Station, breathalyser tests were administered. Mungal’s final reading was 132 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.

Constable Vikash Panday-Murray charged him with consuming so much alcohol that it exceeded the prescribed limit by 97 microgrammes.

Mungal pleaded guilty at his court appearance and Magistrate Indar Jagroo told him that he had the highest reading from all the other matters conducted for the day.

Asked if he had anything to say, Mungal promised: “I will never drink and do this again.”

Jagroo fined him $5,000, which had to be paid forthwith or serve three months’ hard labour.

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