Drink driver faces $7500 for damage

A man who rammed two cars and the frontage of a small lodge on Napier's Marine Parade in a morning-after drink-driving incident six weeks ago is expecting to pay at least $7500 for the damage he caused.

The sums were revealed when 55-year-old Steven Mark Kershaw appeared in the Napier District Court yesterday.

Agreeing to pay $5500 to Seabreeze proprietor Cafer Unac, he was given a month to produce the cheque in court, and sentencing, which had been set for yesterday after Kershaw pleaded guilty last month to charges of reckless driving and drink-driving, was adjourned by Judge Bridget Mackintosh until June 13.

Defence counsel Philip Jensen said additional costs of at least $2000 were expected to be paid to an insurer this week relating to one of the two vehicles hit in the mayhem which happened just after 9.30am on March 29.

Tested soon after an off-duty police officer managed to reach into the car and turn off the ignition, Kershaw posted a breath-alcohol reading of 1065mcg (the legal limit is 400 mcg). But Mr Jensen emphasised it was his first offence, with inexperience also a factor - Kershaw got his licence less than two years ago.

Kershaw wanted to settle the matter with a lump-sum payment, and had also wanted to meet the victims to apologise, but had been unable to because of conditions of his bail, Mr Jensen said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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