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Monaco student gets suspended sentence for drunk driving

Monaco student gets suspended sentence for drunk driving

By Staff Writer - March 14, 2017

Photo: James Palinsad
Photo: James Palinsad

A Monegasque student has been sentenced to eight days in jail for drunk driving on the route of the Monaco Grand Prix.

His car finished up against the fountain of the Fairmont Hotel after the 20-year-old failed to negotiate the famous Fairmont turn on the avenue des Spélugues in his Seat Ibiza at 5:30 am on the morning of July 9, the Monaco Criminal Court was told

When police first arrived on the scene, their first concern was for the well-being of the driver, since the car was on its side. However, the driver suffered only bruises.

The accused told the court that he had drunk three glasses of vodka at Zelo’s. “I recognise that alcohol has influenced my behaviour … I understand my mistake and the lesson … I will not do it again,” he said.

Prosecutor Cyrielle Colle reminded the accused: “You were absolutely not in a position to drive your vehicle. It is important that at the end of this procedure you understand that after drinking you can no longer be a master of yourself.” A penalty of eight days’ imprisonment, suspended, and a fine of €45 was called for. The court followed the request of the public prosecutor.

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