ZR DRIVER JAILED AFTER FAILING TO PAY FINES
A ZR driver had to pay the high price of his freedom when his past caught up with him in the Traffic Court today.
Carson Eversley of Bakers Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael began a 260-day stint at HMP Dodds in St Philip after he was unable to pay fines imposed on him by Magistrate Graveney Bannister.
Eversley had 25 traffic offences pending before the court.
He encountered his first roadblock when the magistrate saw that some seven warrants had been issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court to answer some of the charges dating back to 2013.
His second hurdle came when it was revealed that he had left court without permission on March 7 this year, when he was ordered to pay an $800 fine forthwith.
He pleaded guilty back then to a May 29, 2015 offence of driving ZR 223 on Martindales Road, a road other than that specified in the permit granted for the purpose of conveying passengers. The fine imposed then had an alternative 80 days in prison – a sentence he began serving.
In the dock today, Eversley admitted to picking up passengers other than the designated bus stop while driving ZR 186 on Nursery Drive on March 11.
He was fined $800 forthwith with an alternative of 80 days in jail. The fine was not paid and his time behind bars will run consecutively with the first sentence.
Eversley also admitted to overcrowding the same ZR with people while on Nursery Drive on February 4.
For that charge, he was fined $1,000 forthwith or 100 days in prison. With that fine unpaid, he will also serve the prison time consecutively with the other two terms.
However, Eversley still has over 20 traffic offences to which he pleaded not guilty.