‘Sober’ driver ar­rested for DD

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

A ‘sober’ driver en­trusted to get oth­ers who were drunk to their res­i­den­tial places was ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing for drink­ing and driv­ing, leav­ing his pas­sen­gers baf­fled.

The 20-year-old was ar­rested at Ex­ten­sion Three and was charged with two counts of con­tra­ven­ing the Road Traf­fic Act.

The first count was that he was driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and the breath­a­lyzer showed a read­ing of 0.47mg/l, and the sec­ond count was that the ac­cused was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle with­out a driver’s li­cence.

He told the court that he had for­got­ten his driver’s li­cence at home, and in terms of drink­ing and drivin, he stated that he had been sit­ting in the car for too long as the sober driver and he then de­cided to taste some of the al­co­hol be­cause he was also feel­ing sleepy.

Mag­is­trate Vi­lakati told the ac­cused that he should have slept in the car in­stead of drink­ing al­co­hol with the in­tent to keep him­self awake, for he be­trayed his friends and ended up break­ing the law.

He fur­ther told the ac­cused that it was a se­ri­ous of­fence get­ting be­hind the wheel with­out a driver’s li­cence.

The ac­cused pleaded for le­niency and told the court that he had re­cently com­pleted his Form Five and was cur­rently await­ing his re­sults. He was sen­tenced to 10 months im­pris­on­ment with an op­tion of E1 000 on the first count and five months or E500 on the sec­ond count.

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