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His eyes were red and bloodshot, his speech was slurred and his breath reeked of alcohol.

In addition, the fact that the vehicle he was driving was swerving from side to side left no doubt in a lawman’s mind that Ronald Ricardo Mapp was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tuesday, Mapp confirmed the lawman’s conclusions by pleading guilty when he appeared in the District “A” Traffic Court. His licence was disqualified for six months and he was fined $2 450 immediately.

The 49-year-old porter, of 1st Avenue, Thomas Gap, President Kennedy Drive, St Michael, admitted he unlawfully drove his vehicle, on March 31, while he was under the influence of drink or drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of driving that vehicle, contrary to the Road Traffic Amendment Act.

He also confessed to driving his car without due care and attention as a result of an accident in which he knocked down a bicyclist.

A third charge of driving without reasonable consideration for other road users was withdrawn.

“I went to a party and I had a little too much to drink.

“And then the guy came across me and I hit him from behind,” Mapp said of the accident.

Station Sergeant Keith Belle, who arrested the inebriated driver, said when he stopped Mapp, his eyes were bloodshot, he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and his speech was slurred.

The lawman added Mapp was unsteady on his feet and when he was driving, was swerving from left to right before he hit the cyclist.

Magistrate Graveney Bannister fined him $450 forthwith or 45 days in prison for driving without due care and attention, and $2 000 forthwith or 200 days for the drunk driving.

He explained he had taken the guilty pleas into consideration and that there were no injuries in the accident.

“But a deterrent sentence must be enforced to deter him and other motorists,” Magistrate Bannister said.

He disqualified the motorist from holding all classes of licences for the next six months, and ordered he be jailed for three months if he was caught breaching the disqualification.

This was Mapp’s first traffic violation. (HLE)


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