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Joyride ends in court

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DRIVING his friends to the city while under the influence of alcohol has landed a man in court.

Pravir Rattan, 53, appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday in the Suva Magistrates Court charged with driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

He was also charged with driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver's licence and contravening the third party act.

Rattan told the court he understood the charges when it was read to him.

He chose to waive his right to legal representation and pleaded guilty to all three charges.

Rattan told the court that he had only agreed to drive his friends to the city and that the Land Transport Authority was delaying granting him a licence.

The court heard that on January 18, Rattan was stopped by police at McGregor Rd where they were conducting random tests.

The court was told that Rattan had initially refused to take the breathalyser test but later agreed to a bragger test at the Totogo Police Station.

Rattan was then searched and locked up to appear in court yesterday.

In his mitigation Rattan told the court he was a widower looking after two children.

The prosecution told the court that there were different tariffs for each of the charge.

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