The Singapore permanent resident, who is the sister of human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, pleaded guilty on Monday to drink driving, using a car without a Singapore Class 3 driving licence and driving without insurance.
A fourth charge of taking the vehicle, which belonged to her husband, without the owner’s consent was also taken into consideration during sentencing.
This carries a fine of up to S$1,000 (RM3,050) or jail term of up to three months.
If Le Tallec’s husband had given consent to her use of the car, he may also be liable for the offences as the owner of the vehicle under the Road Traffic Act.The court heard that on the night of May 13 this year, Le Tallec drove her husband’s BMW X5 to a restaurant in Dempsey Road, where she had two glasses of wine and a glass of champagne.
While driving home with a friend in the front seat of the car, she was stopped at a police roadblock along Holland Road towards Ulu Pandan at around 2.30am the next day.
When she stopped the car, Staff Sergeant Alvin Lee noticed that Le Tallec appeared to have difficulty finding the car’s handbrake.
He also observed that Le Tallec smelled strongly of alcohol and could not answer his question promptly when he asked her where she had driven from, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Magdalene Huang.
Le Tallec also accidentally stepped on the accelerator pedal while reaching for her bag in the rear passenger seat to retrieve her driving licence, which Staff Sgt Lee quickly alerted her to, Huang added.Le Tallec subsequently failed a breathalyser test at the roadblock and was arrested.
Le Tallec’s lawyer Shashi Nathan said the mother of four realised she had made a terrible mistake and had been suffering the consequences from the “unwarranted publicity (of her case) for reasons beyond her control”.
According to previous media reports, Le Tallec was an events planner before she started her own fashion line, Totally Tala.
She lived in New York City before marrying a businessman based in Singapore, but reportedly later remarried an Italian businessman. — The Straits Times/ANN
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