The trial of senior immigration officer Garfield (Gary) Wong resumed on Tuesday, with evidence from the final witness scheduled to be called.
That witness was a police constable who worked a shift that included the time in which Mr. Wong’s truck was involved in a collision with a car in the early hours of Dec. 28, 2013.
As a result of that collision, Mr. Wong was charged with careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving under the influence of alcohol. A breath test administered at the Bodden Town Police Station indicated that Mr. Wong provided a breath test reading of .184. The legal limit in Cayman is .100.
When Mr. Wong gave his evidence in January, he told the court that the officer who gave evidence about the breathalyzer test was not the officer who administered the test.
Defense attorney Dennis Brady asked Magistrate Grace Donalds to issue a summons for the officer whose name was called by Mr. Wong as the person who administered the test to him.
The summoned officer had not been called as part of the case for the prosecution, as conducted by Crown counsel Scott Wainwright.
He appeared on Tuesday and was giving evidence at press time. Mr. Brady was taking him through a transcript of radio transmissions made after the accident, which had occurred on Shamrock Road in the vicinity of Hibiscus Gardens in Savannah.
The witness had not yet begun to narrate what happened at the Bodden Town Police Station.
He did say earlier that he had been out on patrol in the eastern districts and went to the scene of the accident, where other officers were. Then, when he got to the Bodden Town Police Station, he saw the defendant and two officers he was specifically asked about. He said the officers were preparing the “intoxilyzer.” One of them was the officer who gave evidence last year that he was the one who administered the breath test.
Mr. Brady said his instructions were that it was the witness who administered the test. The witness said no – his only involvement was to assist in documenting Mr. Wong into police custody.