DURING his trial for driving while intoxicated, Junior Charles Edwards told the court he drank alcohol for a week following the death of a relative.
Edwards, of La Romaine, was on Wednesday fined $8,000 for the offence.
The Traffic Court heard through Constable Sheldon Sooknanan that around 11.45 p.m. on April 18, Good Friday, the officer was in the vicinity of the Godineau Bridge, when he saw a blue Nissan B14 being driven by Edwards without two working headlamps.
Edwards was stopped and showed the unlit car lamps. Sooknanan said Edward told him he had forgotten to switch them on.
The officer testified he smelled alcohol on Edwards’s breath and his speech was slurred. When asked if he had consumed alcohol, Edwards said he had a beer.
Edwards was taken to the San Fernando Police Station, where Constable Saith, who also testified in the trial, administered breathalyser tests.
Edwards had a reading of 118 microgrammes—83 microgrammes over the legal limit.
From the witness stand, the mechanic told Magistrate Rehanna Hosein he had gone to South Oropouche after being contacted by a customer whose car had broken down.
He said he was driving the defective car while the customer was “piloting” him in a Nissan B11 along the Mosquito Creek, toward his home.
He testified he was driving with the car’s park light switched on, as the car was “dying out”. Edwards said he and the driver of the car in front of him were pulled aside by officers, but the next car was allowed to leave.
Edwards brought to court a death certificate for his niece.