January 23, 2018

Repeat DUI driver’s licence suspended

The driver’s licence of a Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) hire car operator has been suspended for one year after he was caught driving under the influence for the second time within months.

DUI offender Solomon Stoby

Solomon Stoby, a 58-year-old taxi driver of Mongrippa Hill, Bartica, appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, and in addition to being suspended from driving for the next 12 months, he was also fined G$7500.
According to Police reports, this was the defendant’s second offence of this nature. Back on February 18, 2017, Stoby was taken to court after he was found driving while being above the legal limit of alcohol consumption. He had pleaded guilty, and was fined G$7500, while his licence was endorsed.
Then on September 1, 2017, the defendant, who owns and operates motor car HC 2999, was stopped at Fifth Avenue, Bartica, during a routine stop-and-search operation.
The slurred speech and the strong smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath caused an officer to administer a breathalyser test, which confirmed his suspicion. The test showed he had .122 micrograms of alcohol in his system when the legal limit is .035 micrograms.