Car chase ends in jail sentence for teen driver

By Mike Dinsdale


A Whangarei man who led police on a high speed chase through town because he "thought he was going back to jail" has found himself back in prison after he was also caught driving while over the legal alcohol limit.

Crighton HADDON, 19, appeared in Whangarei District Court for sentencing on charges of driving with excess breath alcohol, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and driving while unlicensed. Haddon was arrested about 2.05am on May 19 after police first tried to stop him on Water St because of the manner of his driving.

Police put on their flashing lights, but he sped off, getting up to 80km/h through town and driving on the wrong side of the road before stopping at the end of Hospital Rd and giving himself up to police. A test showed he had a level of 201 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. There is a zero alcohol limit for motorists aged under 20.

In explanation, Haddon told police that he didn't stop because he thought he was going back to jail. He was sentenced to three months' jail and disqualified from driving for 12 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:

David Albert WILLIAMS, 52, 648mcg, $550 fine, $132 court costs, disqualified from driving for six months.

Manuhou Jordan Robert FOWLIE, 19, 331mcg, $400 fine, disqualified from driving for three months.

Deborah Olive HOOPER, 44, 518mcg, 100 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for six months.

John MACKIE, 63, 104 milligrams of alcohol per 100 mililitres of blood, $600 fine, disqualified from driving for six 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 be subject to the same drink drive penalties as adults.

- Northern Advocate

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