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Mom fined for drunk driving

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

A WOMAN who was returning from Skinner Park, San Fernando on Sunday morning when she was stopped for driving while over the legal  drinking limit, was yesterday fined by the court.

San Fernando Magistrate Rehanna Hosein heard that at around 1.45 a.m, the officer was on duty along the Solomon Hochoy Highway when  Crystal Thomas was stopped.

While interviewing her alcohol was detected on her breath and she admitted that she had three beers half an hour before she was pulled over.

Breathalyser tests were done and Thomas had a reading of 57 microgrammes - 22 microgrammes over the legal 35 microgramme limit.

She told the court that she was coming from Skinner Park, San Fernando. 

The semi-final of the Calypso Monarch competition was held last Saturday at Skinner Park which  culminated with a party that ended on Sunday morning.

Hosein yesterday questioned Thomas’s decision to drive after drinking and she said that there was no one else to do it.

She warned the mother of two that she should have been more responsible.

Thomas was fined $2,500.

She said she could pay $500 immediately. Hosein ordered that the balance be paid by March 10, or Thomas will serve four months in prison.

Fines before the Traffic Court yesterday totalled over $50,000.

It included $10,000 and $9,000 fines against two men who also had their driver’s licence suspended by the court for three years.

 
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