Story: Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
A 30-year-old driver who was arrested for taking in alcohol beyond the statutory 0.08 per cent in the Sunyani township by personnel of the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) has been sentenced to a fine of GH¢6,000 or in default serve two years’ imprisonment in hard labour by the Duayaw Nkwanta Circuit Court.
The convict, Kwaku Fosu, who pleaded guilty to the offence of driving a motor vehicle when alcohol concentration in his blood was above the prescribed limit, was sentenced on his own plea by the court, presided over by Mr Emmanuel Yartey.
According to the Regional Police Commander of the MTTU, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ansu Frimpong, on April 16, 2008 at about 6.50 a.m. Fosu who was driving a Nissan mini bus was travelling from Kumasi to Sunyani with passengers on board.
He said on reaching the Sunyani township personnel from the regional MTTU who were on patrol duties stopped the convict to produce his driving licence, but he struggled to alight from the driver’s seat.
ASP Frimpong stated further that the police became suspicious that the convict was drunk and he (convict) was therefore escorted to the Regional Police MTTU office and when he was tested with the breathalyser it showed 120 per cent instead of the 0.08 per cent.
He said the convict was shown the result of the test and he admitted at the police station to have taken in some alcohol.
He was subsequently put before the court.