AN ENGINEER who was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol yesterday told the court the penalty for such an offence in Saudi Arabia was death.
Kevin Mohammed, 30, told Magistrate Rehanna Hosein in the San Fernando Traffic Court that he had been working in Saudi Arabia and recently returned to this country.
He pleaded guilty yesterday to driving while over the legal 35 microgramme limit after he was stopped in a police roadblock at Gulf View, La Romaine, on Saturday.
Hosein heard he had a reading of 58 microgrammes.
She queried the figure and Mohammed said he had “two shots” of vodka.
She asked Mohammed whether he would have been permitted to drink and drive in Saudi Arabia and he said he would not have been allowed.
“You can’t drink and drive here either,” the magistrate reminded him.
Hosein asked him the punishment for breaching such a law in Saudi Arabia and Mohammed said a person would be put to death.
Hosein fined him $2,000. In default of paying the money, he will serve four months in prison.
Several other people faced the San Fernando Traffic Court yesterday charged with driving under the influence.
A total of $50,400 in fines was ordered to be paid from that court yesterday after 17 people faced the magistrate.