Drink-driver pleased to be nabbed

By Mike Dinsdale

A Kaitaia man told police he was pleased he had finally been caught drink-driving because his missus would be happy.

Patrick Joseph HOBSON, 24, appeared in Kaitaia District Court for sentencing on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol after he was stopped by police on Kaitaia-Awaroa Rd at 8.30pm on March 14.

Police were driving west along the road when they saw Hobson's car overtaking another on double yellow lines heading towards the police car.

The officer had to swerve to the left to avoid a head-on collision with Hobson, then turned and stopped him further along the road.

A breath test showed he had a level of 738 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit if 400mcg.

The police summary of facts presented to the court said when spoken to Hobson admitted driving drunk from his workplace.

"I have been doing this for a while, I am glad you caught me as my missus will be happy," Hobson told police.

He was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Northland has some of the highest rates of drink-driving in the country, particularly repeat offenders, and the Northern Advocate is publishing its "name and shame" list of all people convicted of drink-driving offences in the region.

Also sentenced in Northland's courts recently were:

Frederick Michael LEE, 54, builder, 860mcg, four months' community detention, nine months' supervision, disqualified from driving for six months for third drink-driving conviction.

James Sameen ALI, 29, 126 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 300 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for third drink-driving conviction.

Anne Margaret BRADLEY, 46, 1044mcg, 110 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for nine months.

Liquor limits: Aged 20 and above: 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath; 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Under 20: Young drivers with a blood alcohol limit of between 0.00 and 0.03 will receive an infringement fee of $200 and 50 demerit points. Young drivers with a blood alcohol limit over that will continue to be subject to the same drink drive penalties as adults.

- Northern Advocate

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