Friday, December 15, 2017

Fined $4,000 for drunk driving

Driver to answer ‘offering a bribe’ charge


A man who allegedly offered a $284 bribe to a police officer was fined after he admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sheldon Edwards, 33, was one of several people who appeared before San Fernando Traffic Court magistrate Rehanna Hosein on Monday and levied a total of $64,500 in fines.

In Edwards’ matter, Hosein heard it was around 2 a.m. on Saturday that officers on a road traffic exercise along Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay, stopped the car he was driving.

They observed his eyes were red and he had alcohol on his breath.

Edwards admitted he had consumed “vodka and some beers”.

When asked if he would object to undergoing a breathalyser test, Edwards said: “Officer, I know I go fail. Give meh a chance nah.”

His reading was 79 microgrammes—43 microgrammes over the legal 35-microgramme limit.

Before Magistrate Hosein, defence attorney Faraaz Mohammed asked for leniency for the field supervisor, who he said had no previous or pending matters before the court.

He said Edwards was not a habitual drinker of alcohol. Mohammed told the court the father of two had attended a gathering with friends and it seemed that he “lost track of his alcohol intake”.

Edwards was fined $4,000 for the offence. He was given one month to pay the money or face nine months in prison.

Police prosecutor Sgt Dianath Harricharan made no objection to Edwards being placed on bail after he pleaded not guilty to the charge of offering a $284 bribe to officer Alex Mohammed at the San Fernando Police Station to forego prosecution against him (Edwards).

Hosein granted Edwards $10,000 own bail and ordered that he return to court on August 25.