The incident took place on November 4, 2012. At the time, Police Constable 364 Flavius, attached to the Traffic Department, was in a marked police vehicle registration number SLG3044 — two vehicles behind Elliot.
Flavius testified that Elliot drove East on Jeremie Street towards Chaussee Road and slowed down but did not stop at the traffic light before turning right onto Chaussee Road. Flavius then pursued Elliot onto Chaussee Road and ordered him to pull over, which he did.
Elliot was then issued a ticket for EC$250 but he challenged the ticket on the grounds that the light had not yet turned red when he turned onto the Chaussee. He did not however speak on his behalf in court on Tuesday.
Magistrate Christine Phulchere found that the evidence Constable Flavius gave was truthful and concise. In rendering her verdict, she consulted section 171 of the Road Traffic Act of St Lucia which states that if someone is found guilty of this offence, the minimum fine is EC$1,000 or six months imprisonment or both.
Elliot is ordered to pay $500 by January 11, 2013 and the remainder by February 13, 2013.
He is to return to court on February 13 with proof of payment.