Rolston Anglin will enter DUI programme, be sentenced 5 March

Education Minister Rolston Anglin pleaded guilty to careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol Tuesday morning before his trial was scheduled to continue.

Defence attorney Steve McField asked for his client to be repleaded, citing only “a turn of events since we were here last time”.

Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn put the charges again and Mr Anglin replied “guilty” to driving along West Bay Road in the vicinity of Avalon Condos on 23 May 2012 without due care and attention (careless driving) and driving under the influence of alcohol, with a alcohol-in-blood reading of .110. The legal limit in Cayman is .100.

Crown Counsel Matthew Coles said the pleas were acceptable and he offered no evidence on an alternative charge of driving whilst impaired.

Mr. McField asked the magistrate to delay sentencing. He said his client was willing to enter the programme offered by the court.

The magistrate explained that the DUI programme is run by the Counselling Centre. It involves six weeks of attending evening classes, after which the court is provided with a report of the defendant’s attendance and participation.

She noted that the next class intake would be in January. Sentencing was therefore set for 5 March.

Mr. McField indicated he would speak in mitigation at that time.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. This is real tragic to see one of our country’s young leaders having to hit the bottom like this. He is very likable as well as capable but I’m guessing that following the party leader can lead to this conclusion. God bless him that he will see the true light.

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  2. Bugeach, this isn’t hitting the bottom…it appears as though he thought there was a chance of beating the system, and when he couldn’t get out of it, he then pleaded guilty, rather than risk heavier sentencing from a not guilty plea. This wastes so much time (and therefore money) for the police, the CPS, the witnesses etc.

    The tragedy here is he is supposed to be a role-model. Most politicians I have read about tend to resign when they do something like this, or they are asked to step down, or they’re just fired. So much for integrity and morals…

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  3. It is a shame that he did not set an example to the children that look up to him in the first place. Firstly, don’t drink and drive. Secondly, stand up an be a man and take responsibility for your actions.

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  4. I’m not defending Rolston but give me a break ! How many people have driven home over the limit ? Any guesses? My guess is 100% of you that have had a few nights out drinking. Lighten up ! Rolston is a good guy and made a mistake but nothing 80% of the island has not done! I bet he does not do it again.

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  5. Southernboy,

    0.11 is not just one light beer. It’s like 0.2 of Rum, which is like four heavy cocktails or 1.5 liters (4.5 bottles) of light beer. I hope not many people regularly drive home after such drinking. In company of unrecognized ladies I must add.

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  6. True say many people who are drinking in the clubs and bars are the same people who are driving home.. Even if we made an example out of the Minister, not much would change at all.

    Plus people know that they can drive drunk legally… Our BAC can be up to 0.10, Thats legally drunk in most countries… just saying 😉

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  7. He is the Minister of Education. In any other country he would not only be sentenced but he would lose his job. He is in a position to be a leader for not only the countless number of people working their butts off for the Government in the Schools, but the children as well. The kids are truly suffering with so little resources and support in the schools and a system that is totally outdated. Someone in his position should be spending his time and energy on his JOB — not on his recovery. Yes, I understand he is human and makes mistakes, but when you are in a position such as he, you need to make certain sacrifices to prioritize your position. It is a joke.

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  8. How many people on here have had a few drinks driven home ? I’m just saying many on here have done the same thing as Rolston has done but just did not get caught or had a problem. That’s all I am saying !

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  9. Instead of stepping down or being asked to step down, he is being rewarded with a 10 day trip to the UK to represent our country at the OT meeting.

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  10. What are the requirements to be a member of this party? I guess there are none.Just look at the leader and that says it all.

    They say the apple doesnt fall far from the tree so I guess Bush is the tree and Anglin the apple. Ooooh, I am so deep sometimes.

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  11. I’ll try again ! So far I’m 0 for 2 ! I have seen several drunk government officials drunk over the years on grand Cayman driving away. I know Rolston believe he will not do this again. I am sure he realizes he crossed the line several times that night will make amends.

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  12. So much for the Compass statement No comments will be allowed for stories related to ongoing court matter.
    Editor’s Note: This is no longer an ongoing court matter as he has entered a guilty plea.

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  13. Southern Boy:
    That other people drive drunk or DUI and get away with it is no defence or mitigation, as I’m sure you will understand, if you pause for thought.
    Perhaps the Minister will reflect that he has been lucky not to have been involved in a serious accident when driving when (legally) DUI.
    As, I hope, will everyone else in these circumstances.
    Motor vehicles have become so powerful and dangerous – WITHOUT drinking – that we must all be extremely careful of driving them even after a couple of beers.
    Sad, but times change. We must change with them.

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  14. I believe that this entire episode is good for Anglin and for the country at large. How many have heard the Marl Road stories of drunk accidents not reported because an elected official was involved? Let the population beware elected or not that antisocial behavior will get you some publicity and court time.

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  15. Having digested the various comments concerning Rolston Anglin DUI, the bottom line is 1) no one, but no one is above the law, and 2) as an elected official and a government minister he should endeavour to set a better example and be a good role model in public life.

    The comment by Southernboy raising the question, How many people have driven home over the limit? is rather unfortunate. It is absolutely wrong to try and justify one bad behaviour by another bad behaviour. And the comment that Rolston is a good guy and made a mistake is totally irrelevant. Breaking the law has consequencies – especially the serious offence of DUI, which has killed and seriously hurt so many over the years.

    I sincerely hope that Mr. Anglin and others will learn from this situation. If you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink. The life you save may be your own.

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  16. Danny
    Even though he has admitted guilt, do you really think he will suffer the full consequences of the law?
    Being an elected member of Govt he will get some favours or so called concessions, guaranteed.
    Non-politically affiliated people, citizens of our islands, have been dealt with more swiftly and more harshly almost immediately—yet this lingers, has carried on for months and will carry on for many more months.
    Why?
    Another point I would like to raise is, should he lose his privilege to drive, how will he get to ‘work’ or anywhere else on the island?
    Will he have to take a taxi, public transit (taxi public transit at his own cost I hope), carpool or be driven around by friends and family, like others who have been charged with DUI?
    I don’t think so!
    So, if anyone thinks he’s going to suffer the full consequences of the law, then you’re wrong.
    I truly suspect we’ll be paying for a first class vehicle and chauffeur—‘hard earned’ money out of our pockets for his ‘error’ in judgment.
    Should this ever be the case, then I might as well consider a drunk driving charge for myself and call for an entitlement to be chauffeured about town also (and the other bonuses being no vehicle maintenance, no insurance, no gas purchases and definitely no concern as to how much I have had to drink at any time of the day).
    Justice and consequences at its best.

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  17. In reference to this paragraph:
    ‘The magistrate explained that the DUI programme is run by the Counseling Centre. It involves six weeks of attending evening classes, after which the court is provided with a report of the defendant’s attendance and participation.’

    Since I’ve never participated in these ‘classes’, I’m curious as to how it’s structured.
    I have a number of questions and if you can answer them, you’ll not only educate me, but the rest of Cayman as well.
    1) Its a 6 week programme—how many days per week it is held and what is the length of the individual sessions?
    Is it one hour per week, making it a 6 hour course?
    2) Regarding attendance—does that mean by simply showing up for each session, that someone will be somehow exonerated and receive a milder sentencing?
    Simply put, in my opinion, attendance does not equate to acceptance of the programmes goals.
    3) As for participation—if you nod your head, say uh huh and ‘yes’, I understand and agree that whatever’s been said is right, regardless; then you’re off the hook and considered rehabilitated?

    How insincere can a person actually be to pass this programme?

    Am I being sarcastic in asking these questions—Yes, but not entirely?

    It would be interesting if the Compass did a case study of an individual’s progress through this course.

    Now, that would be enlightening.

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