The blood alcohol level of a drunk driver will never be known. He has appeared before the criminal court, handcuffed, after multiplying the offenses of his Rolls-Royce on the Principality’s tracks. Unaware of the seriousness of his behaviour during his custody, the accused was more conciliatory before the judges and less insolent than at the time of his arrest. He was nevertheless sentenced to one month in prison and four fines of € 45 each. Returning to the facts that occurred on 18th February, that night, around 4 o’clock, the concierge of the Palais Heracles, near the port of Hercules, alerted the public security. He had just seen a Rolls Royce pass at high speed in front of the building. Immediately, the policemen checked the video surveillance.
On their screens, they quickly spotted the vehicle at the Yacht Club, coming from the Portier, instead of logically joining the road to the Pool, the luxury car went straight to the Place Sainte-Dévote and suddenly turned left, in the wrong direction, onto Boulevard Albert-l. At the junction with Suffren-Reymond Street, the driver turned around and drove down the bus lane to return to Larvotto.
At the Portier roundabout, he stopped his car in front of Twiga and telephoned. He was then joined by another vehicle. The accused approached the second driver. Somehow, he pulled him out of his car and pushed him to sit in the seat of his Rolls Royce. At that moment, the police arrived. They carried out the usual checks. The driver, a Russian in his thirties, was drunk. He refused everything: to blow into the breathalyser, to sign the protocols, to have his blood taken. Plus, he acted arrogantly!
In the public security offices, the Russian tried to persuade the investigators that he was not the driver of the vehicle in question. Among other insinuations, he said he had had a drink a few seconds before the agents arrived. This manager recovered the following day and finally acknowledged being guilty of the offenses charged.
At the hearing, Judge Jérôme Fougeras-Lavergnolle was surprised to hear the accused state that he was not the owner of the Rolls Royce Ghost. Was it borrowed? “It belongs to a friend,” said the accused. “As he walked away from the establishment, I started looking for him.” “And the turn?” continued the magistrate. “It was because of the alcohol and the fact that I do not know Monaco well.” Why all these refusals? “I did not quite understand the requests of the agents because of my limited knowledge of French. In such a case, it is dangerous to sign any document, especially in Russia…” Last point raised by the Judge: “You wanted to avoid your responsibilities by putting your friend in the driver’s seat?” The response was no: “I wanted only to put him in the back.” For his part, the prosecutor Cyrielle Colle got carried away. “This person is a danger! Such a crime must be sanctioned by a fixed month and fines.” This was not enough to destabilise the defence! Raphaëlle Svara requested “the clemency of the court because all the denials shows the impossibility of my client to communicate with mastery of our language”. The court preferred to follow the requisitions of the public prosecutor.
Originally published by Olga Taran at Hello Monaco