Former minister faces alcohol-related traffic charge

Former minister for education and deputy premier Rolston Anglin appeared in Traffic Court on Monday accused of being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

He has a 2013 conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is different from driving under the influence. Typically, the former charge would involve being behind the wheel when the vehicle is stationary.

The new charge is based on an incident on Sept. 21, 2014, at West Bay Road in the vicinity of the Fidelity Roundabout, when Anglin was said to be in charge of a Honda Accord while his blood-alcohol level was 0.159. The legal limit in Cayman is 0.100.

Magistrate Adam Roberts set May 25 as the next mention date after confirming that defense attorney Lloyd Samson had the necessary disclosure documents in the case.

The penalties are the same for driving under the influence of alcohol or being in charge of a vehicle on a road while under the influence. For a first offense, a person is liable to a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment up to six months, or both.

For a second or subsequent offense, the convicted person is liable to a fine of up to $2,000 and imprisonment up to 12 months, or both. In addition, for a first or subsequent offense, the convicted person is liable to disqualification from driving for 12 months or such longer period as the court may order.

In March 2013, while a serving member of Cabinet, Anglin was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in May 2012. His blood-alcohol level then was 0.110. Before sentencing, he attended a private DUI-education program at his own expense because the program offered by the court was full.

The magistrate in that matter, Kirsty-Ann Gunn, also ordered Anglin to pay costs of $2,473 to the Crown. Of that amount, US$2,000 was for a forensic consultant who had prepared a report and who would have given evidence about blood-alcohol levels and medication if the defendant had not changed his plea shortly after the trial began.

Anglin, 43, served as one of four Members of the Legislative Assembly for West Bay from 2000 to 2013.

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