PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday October 31, 2014, CMC – A newspaper journalist will return to court on January 5, next year after refusing to take a breathalyser test and for failing to have proper control of a motor vehicle.
Political reporter Anna Ramdass, 31, appeared before Senior Magistrate Rae Roopchand on the charges, but was released on TT$5,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) bail. Ramdass pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court heard that on Wednesday night, the journalist was driving on the outskirts of the capital when she was stopped by police officers who observed that the vehicle was swerving along the roadway.
The officers asked Ramdass to submit to a field sobriety test which gave a positive reading of 87 microgrammes. The legal alcohol limit for a driver is 35 microgrammes for every 100 millilitres of breath.
Ramdass was taken to the Central Police Station where she was asked to submit another specimen of breath.
But the police said she refused the request, and as a result she was charged under Section 70 of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act(Amended) 48:50.