Monday 19 August, 2019

Man gets probation for collision that caused power outage in West Bay

A man was sentenced to a year of probation when he appeared before Magistrate Foldats on Monday.  

The man pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the charge of dangerous driving and speeding which caused a power outage in West Bay in 2016.

The court heard that on November 8, 2016 a single vehicle collision near the West Bay cemetery caused a power outage in the area.

The man was said to have been speeding, when he lost control of his vehicle on a bend in the road and collided with a CUC utility pole. 

The impact of the collision was so great that the engine had flown from the car onto the road, along with other parts of the car.

Collision Reconstructionist estimated that the vehicle had been travelling at approximately 66 mph in a 30 zone. 

They also said that it was a miracle that man had emerged relatively unscathed.

The man admitted that he had been drinking on the night in question, although not heavily; no readings were taken, as he remained in an unconscious state for some time.

The court also heard that the man was again was arrested in 2017 on possession and consumption of ganja charges.

The man told the court that had no recollection of the accident due to his concussion.

Magistrate Foldats thanked the man for doing the right thing and pleading guilty, which resulted in an automatic 16 month disqualification, a mandatory endorsement and a $400 fine.

As it relates to the 2017 ganja charge, the man was engaged by the Probation Services and all random drug tests have been negative. 

They had no previous convictions and was given a good character reference. 

As a result, Magistrate Foldats noted that no conviction would be recorded, the man is to pay a fine of $200 to cover court costs.

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