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Kaisraj Harripersad, who has been
described as a danger to himself and
other road users, has been fined
$10,000 fine and disqualified from
driving for the next 18 months.
The sentence and fine was handed
down on Wednesday, after he plead
guilty to his second breathalyser
offence in the last eight months.
Harripersad was one of two men
fined for breathalyser offences in the
San Fernando Traffic Court on
The second man, Dwarika Loork-
hoor, 50, was fined $3000 or six
months hard labour for failing to pro-
vide a specimen of breath for testing.
He has until March 7 to pay.
Harripersad, a father of one, was
handed the hefty sentence when he
appeared before Magistrate Ava Bailey.
She read a charge that on March 3
(Carnival Monday) at the Gasparillo
Police Station, Harripersad, being a
driver of a motor vehicle and having
been asked to provide a specimen of
breath for analysis, failed without rea-
sonable cause to do so.
Bailey, in passing sentence on the
man, said, "It seems the law has to
protect you from yourself. You are a
danger to yourself and others."
Harripersad, who was arrested by
Cpl Mc Intosh, pleaded for leniency
and vowed not repeat the offence.
However, Bailey was not moved,
since last August Harripersad was also
fined $4500 for a breathalyser offence.
She said, "I am sure that was what
you said on the last occasion."
The magistrate asked Harripersad
why she should not send him to prison,
as he was fully aware of the conse-
quences of his behaviour.
"You are aware of the penality and
you are doing this again," she lamented.
He promised that he would try not
struction operator and has a 25-year-
After being disqualified from driving,
Harripersad said he depends on driving
But Bailey responded, "You should
have thought about that before you
chose to drink alcohol and drive."
She gave him until March 28 to pay,
since Harripersad said he would not
Police prosecutor Sgt Russel
Ramoutar told the court that at 6.40
am on Carnival Monday, Cpl Mc Intosh
was on foot patrol at Bonne Aventure,
Gasparillo, when he observed a motor
vehicle, which was being driven by
Harripersad, swerving in the road. He
stopped the vehicle and while speaking
to Harripersad detected a strong scent
of alcohol and inquired if he had any-
thing to drink. Harripersad said, "Give
me a chance nah."
He was taken to the station where
a field sobriety test was conducted
and produced 83 microgrammes of
alcohol per 100 milli litres of breath.
Harripersad was told he would have
to do two further tests. The first pro-
duced 81 microgrammes. Harripersad
failed to provide a specimen for the
second test. He was shown a slip which
stated that the test was void.
Harripersad said, however, that
when he tried to blow into the
breathalyser the second time he began
to cough. He said he was coming from
work and he drank five beers.
In the second matter, Loorkhoor,
who was charged by Cpl Dinoo, was
represented by attorney Subhas Pan-
Ramoutar told the court that on
March 1 at 3.50 am, Dinoo was on
mobile patrol in a marked police vehi-
cle in Bonne Aventure, Gasparillo,
when he observed a motor vehicle
parked in the middle of the road. He
approached the vehicle and saw the
driver (Loorkhoor) sitting in the driver s
seat drinking a Stag beer.
Dinoo asked Loorkhoor if he was
drinking and he replied, "This was my
The officer found the man s speech
to be slurred and took him to the Gas-
parillo Police Station where a breathal-
yser technician administered the field
sobriety test, which produced a reading
of 79 microgrammes. He was told he
would be required to submit further
tests and at 4.02 am he was told to
blow into the instrument and he failed
to do so. The test was recorded as
Panday said when his client blew
into the instrument on the last blow
"cold fly out his throat and hit the
policeman hand, but he should have
kept going until something happen."
He said Loorkhoor works offshore
and is the father of a 12-year-old child.
He said he has no pending matters or
Magistrate fines, disqualifies
man from driving
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