Drink driver's seventh time

By Mike Dinsdale


A Dargaville man who told police he was not a bad person and had only had four to six beers has been confined to his home for his seventh drink-driving conviction.

Thomas Norman MILLER, 54, appeared in Dargaville District Court for sentencing on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol after he was stopped while driving on Onslow St in the town, at 12.43am on June 24.

A test showed that Miller had a level of 919 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, more than double the 400mcg limit.

The police summary of facts presented in court said that in explanation he told officers that he was not a bad person and had only had four to six stubbies of beer before driving.

Miller was sentenced to six months' home detention and disqualified from driving for 15 months for his seventh drink driving conviction.

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:

Edditana Ebony Shylow PANIORA, 21, 744mcg, 80 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for six months.

Levi Orlando PROCTOR, 20, 592mcg, $500 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Stewart James Paul MCLEOD, 25, retail sales assistant, 782mcg, $700 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Kylie Noelle RUDOLPH, 21, unemployed, 486mcg, $400 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Jessica Wendy RANGER, 24, 502mcg, unemployed, $450 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Paulette Sandra Lee EDEN, 41, unemployed, 827mcg, $800 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Gavin Daryl Waka MATTHEWS, 25, 133 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 300 hours' community work, disqualified from driving indefinitely for third drink driving conviction.

Victor Joseph DUNN-SCHWENKE, 23, storeman, 143mg, $700 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Whetu Te Awatea Sheridan MATENGA, 20, 159mg, $800 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Chelsea Casey GOODE, 21, dog handler, 549mcg, $500 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 continue to be subject to the same drink drive penalties as adults.

- Northern Advocate

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