TRINIDAD – Drunk driving mayor fined $7,000

PORT OF SPAIN – Mayor Clyde Paul Wednesday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Paul, through his attorney said that he had taken medication and had “two drinks” before he drove.

Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul.
Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul.

Paul, 72, was arrested on October 18 after he was stopped around 8 p.m. by officers conducting an exercise at Grants Road, Rousillac.

In his first appearance before the Point Fortin magistrate Alicia Chankar, he entered a not guilty plea to the charge that he drove a vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the proportions exceeded the prescribed limit of 35 microgrammes. The charge was laid by Sgt Gosine.

At his second court appearance, Paul who was out on $5,000 bail, failed to show up in the Point Fortin court. Defence attorney James Philbert, a former commissioner of police, said his client was suffering from chest pains and also had to undergo a test. The matter was adjourned with the trial date being set for today.

However, when the matter was called, Paul entered a guilty plea.

On his client’s reading being over the legal limit, Philbert said Paul had taken the medicine “DayQuil” and then had “two drinks”.

Chankar fined him $7,000. In default of paying the money he will serve one year in prison. 

Source: (Trinidad Express)

2 Responses to TRINIDAD – Drunk driving mayor fined $7,000

  1. jrsmith November 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hail , Hail, to (Trinidadians ) this would never have happen in Barbados ,not ever , not in a million years, in barbados this would be old news in days … thats why everybody think bajans is stupid take bajans to CCJ and they will loose every time…..

  2. Haskell Murray November 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I have followed your responses to many issues regarding Bajans and the CCJ and I find that your are ignorant in the facts and that you believe in upholding the colonial order.


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