Man jailed after fifth drink drive offence

By Mike Dinsdale


A Kaikohe man has been jailed for 15 months for his fifth drink-driving and third disqualified driving charges.

Andrew Junior HATI, 47, appeared in Kaikohe District Court for sentencing on charges of driving with excess breath alcohol and driving while disqualified after being stopped by police on May 13.

Police stopped Hati on Orrs Rd, Kaikohe at 10.04pm because his vehicle was weaving in and out of its lane.

When spoken to, Hati exhibited signs of alcohol consumption and was given a breath test, which showed he had a level of 809 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Hati was jailed for 15 months and disqualified from driving for two years.

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:

Donna Joanne NEPIA, 41, 806mcg, 90 hours;' community work, disqualified from driving for six months.

Otis Arama OKURA, 17, student, $250 fine, disqualified from driving for three months.

Amanda Kay SEMENOFF, 37, 540mcg, $500 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Wiki Hati TIPENE, 18, 647mcg, 80 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for six months.

Ellen-Jane TAUKAMO, 18, 266mcg, $250 fine, disqualified from driving for three months.

Zion Ngore SHORTLAND, 20, 478mcg, $400 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

June REWITI, 49, meat processor, 652mcg, $600 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Alaina Lee SAMSON, 28, 550mcg, $450 fine, disqualified from driving for seven months.

Brooke Kelly MACDONALD, 20, 664mcg, $550 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Eric ADAMS, 44, self-employed, 656mcg, $550 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Yvette Marie ANDERSON, 44, 112 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, $750 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Garry Nigel DRY, 52, 143mg, $700 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: Drivers with a blood alcohollevel from 0.00 and 0.03 will receive a fine of $200 and 50 demerit points. Drivers with a higher level will continue to be subject to the same drink-drive penalties as adults.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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