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.
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.