A MAN who was found driving while drunk after he decided to take his girlfriend for medical attention, fearing that she may have contracted swine flu, was yesterday ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.
In default, Randy Bissoon, 31, of Charlieville, will pay a fine of $1,500.
The court heard that at around 2.30 a.m. last Saturday, Bissoon was behind the wheel of a car that was stopped along the highway, near the Chaguanas overpass. Officers noticed the vehicle was swerving and being driven in a reckless manner, police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Jackman said.
While speaking with Bissoon, alcohol was detected on his breath and he was taken to the Freeport police station where the breathalyser was administered.
He had readings of 51 and 88 microgrammes. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Attorney Sunil Seecharan yesterday told the court that the difference in the readings was strange.
He however said his client had a clean criminal record and that Bissoon, a cricketer, was a role model to the youths in his community.
“He got a call from his girlfriend who was not feeling well, and, based on reports of swine flu, he wanted to take her to the health facility,” Seecharan said.
He said Bissoon, a labourer, did not have a drinking problem but had consumed alcohol before leaving home.
Chaguanas Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay imposed the sentence.