73 Year Old Taxi Driver Pleads Guilty To DUI

April 22, 2015

Appearing in Magistrates Court yesterday [Apr 21], 73-year-old taxi driver Neville Smith pleaded guilty to driving whilst the level of alcohol in his blood exceeded the legal limit.

The Prosecutor told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo that Mr Smith had been involved in a collision with another car on Camp Road in Warwick late night on 18th April.

Police were called and on arrival they had cause to question Mr Smith who admitted that he had drunk “two beers and a Grand Marnier”. Mr Smith was tested and the breath test showed he was over the legal limit.

Asked, by the Magistrate if he had anything to say, Mr Smith told the Magistrate that he had been driving taxi for 50 years, that taxi-driving was how he earned his living, and asked if could retain the right to drive.

The Magistrate told Mr Smith that the law was absolute, gave him no discretion, and that he was required to disqualify him from driving all vehicles for the next 18 months. The Magistrate also levied a $1,200 fine.

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