Former minister pleads guilty to being in charge of vehicle while intoxicated
Former minister for education and deputy premier Rolston Anglin pleaded guilty on Monday to being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
The offense occurred around 11 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2014, at West Bay Road in the vicinity of the roundabout near the Fidelity Financial Centre and the Galleria Shopping Plaza. Magistrate Grace Donalds heard details of the charge from the Crown and then mitigation from defense attorney Lloyd Samson.
The magistrate was advised that Anglin had a previous conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol. For that offense, which occurred in May 2012, he had been fined $500 and disqualified for 12 months – from March 26, 2013 to March 26, 2014.
She therefore increased both penalties, making the fine $650 and the disqualification period 15 months.
In this latest incident, Anglin was in charge of a Honda Accord while his blood-alcohol level was 0.159. The legal limit in Cayman is 0.100. Police officers found him behind the wheel with the vehicle’s engine running. The vehicle was up against a curb and partially obstructed the roadway. There was no damage to his vehicle or to any other property.
Mr. Samson submitted a letter from his client’s physician. The letter indicated that Anglin had been diagnosed in 2012 with sleep apnea. The doctor said this condition could cause medical issues, including excessive drowsiness, if not addressed properly. This condition, along with another health issue, may have had some bearing on the defendant’s alcohol-in-blood level, the letter said.
Anglin, 43, was one of four Members of the Legislative Assembly for West Bay from 2000 to 2013. He served as deputy premier and minister of education, financial services and employment 2009-2013.