Man Asleep In Parked Car Convicted, Fined

April 2, 2013

Truck-driver Levar Jones, 35, kept his truck driving privilege after being convicted of being in care and control of a motor vehicle whilst impaired by alcohol, with the Court hearing he was found asleep in the car.

Duty Counsel Charles Richardson argued for Mr Jones and pointed out that Police evidence had not shown that Jones had moved or was even planning to move the car.

Police evidence read to the Senior Magistrate was that Jones was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car and that the keys were in the ignition. He was said to have been asleep in the car in a bus stop in St David’s.

Mr Richardson said that in this case, Mr Jones earned his living by driving a heavy truck and, given the total weight of evidence, should be allowed to at least retain his truck driving privilege as so he could keep his job.

The Senior Magistrate Archie Warner ruled that Jones should be fined $800 and disqualified from driving all vehicles – except heavy trucks – for the next twelve months.

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  1. Jim Jones says:

    Well if you’re going to get hot and drive, might as well drive a big @ss truck.

  2. nuffin but da truth says:

    which leaves this guy able to get drunk and drive a heavy truck

  3. Sorry Sir says:


    • Booze cruise says:

      He must have been sober when he pulled in to the bus stop and then decided to get full hot and hope he would be sober before the bus came. Oh and he wasn’t drinking in public.

  4. sminks says:

    Levar! What was thinking? Ok! You don’t.

  5. Booze cruise says:

    oh no, maybe he left his car at the bus stop before he went out so he would have a place to sleep incase he did not make it all the way home

  6. Joonya says:

    So now he will get hot and drive an even bigger vehicle home, capable of more destruction. SMFH We certainly are another world..

  7. Confused. says:

    He should have been given a caution.

    • BLUEXO says:

      agree could have been worse

    • huh did I miss something???? says:

      I agree confused I don’t understand what the big deal is. What eles was he to do? Drive it home? I think he did the right thing. Maybe he didn’t know anybody that stayed in st.davids and didn’t have the cash to catch a taxi.

      • Eastern says:

        @ Confused/BLUEXO/huh did I miss something????

        Have the three of you lost your marbles?

        Confused says ‘Could have been given a caution?”
        BLUEXO says “agree could have been worse” and huh did I miss something says “I agree confused I don’t understand what the big deal is.”

        What planet do you come from?

        How do you think the car got there? Did it fall out of the sky? No, it was driven there. So I guess you’ll argue that the defendant drove the car there sober and then got drunk in the car after he got there. And I have a used bridge in St. David’s to sell you too!!!!

        Please stop making excuses for drnken drivers. When one of them kills one of your children or a close family member you’ll be crying murder.


  8. BLUEXO says:

    what man just be happy he was smart enough to park the carr!! be thankful seriosly though he should be praised if anything

  9. darren booth says:

    slept in my car many a time when i was younger but i thought everybody new you leave the keys under the car not in your pocket or ignition duh!

  10. N/A says:

    Am I the only person who thinks that that whole “your technically still drunk driving even though the care is parked, yet the keys are in the ingition is so stupid?” The guy should be commended for pulling over and sleeping it over, instead of being charged..

    • Come Correct says:

      No, I agree with you. My boy was charged for the same thing while sitting in his car waiting for the designated driver to show up, his keys were in his pocket, but what if I want to listen to the radio or play my own music while I wait? The police wonder why they don’t get much public cooperation?

  11. Y-Gurl says:

    Oh that was an easy catch…now lets see you catch people who are actually driving drunk

    • Grubster says:

      That should be easy then. Main routes out of Hamilton on a Friday night and breath test everyone. Think of the revenue from the fines.

      • LOL (original TM*) says:

        Don’t give these guy’s ideas. I’m still waiting to see if they found anything on my stolen bike that had corp camera’s on it even gave them the numbers of the cams…………….

        LOL oh well.

      • Jim Jones says:

        And the buses and ferries might actually start turning a profit when everyone loses their licenses. Well that might be a stretch. Maybe they’ll just start hemorrhaging money at a slower rate.

  12. Know it all says:

    Might as well get rid of the care and control whilst drunk law then…supposed to be equivalent to drunk driving…except if you can prove you had no intent on moving, which defeats the purpose of the law of care and control…and you wonder why drunk driving is more of a sport than a hazard here

  13. OMG says:

    Pretty soon we will have to install a sleeping lane on East Broadway so the Truck Drivers to maintain their license.

  14. LAU says:

    Wake up ppl. Can’t have a heavy truck on the road after a certain time. He probably just wanted the a/c on while he slept it off. Should’ve gotten in the back seat though.
    The popo really need to be out there catchin the ones actually driving drunk! Not the ones smart enough to sleep it off. IJS

  15. The Ombudsman makes a statement and says:

    an we drink drink drink Bermudians love to drink any occasion easy persuasion Bermudians love to drink..
    Now see this bieeeeee his name Laver
    The reason why he drinks cause his name rhymes with Car..
    and we drink drink drink..Bermudians love to drink………..

  16. Eastern says:

    I cannot believe the posts presented here.

    There is something that doesn’t add up here. How did the car get to where it was? Was the driver sober and then got drunk after he arrived there where the car was parked? I guess one could argue that he got in the car, decided that he was too drunk to drive, put the keys in the ignition and went to sleep.

    I thought that if you are drunk in the car and the keys are in the ignition then you are in care and control of that vehicle. Many have been convicted of drunk driving in the past for just that, but the posts here seem to think that that is not the case. Some even have the audacity to make humour of it. The posters seem to think this is no big deal. As long as this “drinking mentallity” continues to effect Bermuda we will see a lot more deaths on the road. And I hope it isn’t any of these poster’s children, relatives or these posters themselves.


  17. Well LEVAR JONES…..Min. Of National Security should be proud of you. I guess it is who you are n how you do it.
    Why is it that you find many in a similiar situation such as Mr. Jones n were disqualified from operating an electric toothbrush. So how does Mr. Jones keep his licence for heavy trucks n there were others whom made similiar request to retain their licence because of their employment n was totally denied. Can someone who has their head screwed on right n tight, explain what the hell is wrong with this picture. Racism is found in areas where it is least expected. Our legal system has skeletons in its law n what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. What a brazen slap in the face for many whom have made the same plea. I drive for a living……”Judge…now you walk”. Unfair decision n needs to be revisited as there are others whom lost their jobs n now probably can’t find. Blind justice.

  18. John Thomas says:

    Why don’t you lot of morons get propers jobs?