Drink driver sent to jail


A Northland recidivist drink-driver who "did a runner" before the matter was dealt with by the courts has been convicted- two years after his latest indiscretion.

Mahanga Kaka, 42, earlier pleaded guilty to his seventh and eighth drink-driving and driving while being suspended charges.

The offences happened in 2004 and 2010.

He appeared for sentencing in the Whangarei District Court on Wednesday last week.

Judge Greg Davis said because of his speed, Kaka drove past a police checkpoint in Dargaville on September 23, 2004, and when later stopped, blew 925mcg of alcohol per litre of breath- more than twice the legal limit of 400mcg.

Kaka has a significant drink-driving history, he said.

On November 24, 2010, Kaka blew 779mcg after he was stopped at Otaika Rd, Whangarei.

In February 1994, he blew 623mcg and 573mcg for his second offence the following January.

In August 1998, his blood alcohol reading was 662mcg and in 2000, he was convicted three times.

He was sentenced to 18 months jail for driving offences as well as for failing to answer bail, giving false identification and breach of periodic detention.

Judge Davis said it took a long time for his case to be dealt with because Kaka "did a runner".

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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