Dobbed-in driver well over limit

By Mike Dinsdale

A Whangarei man who was dobbed in to police because of his erratic driving was found to be almost three times over the legal limit.

Jason CARMICHAEL, 31, appeared in the Whangarei District Court for sentencing on a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol for a third or subsequent time.

Carmichael was stopped by police on Maunu Rd at 4.10am on July 23 after a member of the public reported his driving.

A subsequent test showed he had a level of 237 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, almost three times the 80mg limit for motorists aged over 20.

Carmichael was sentenced to 120 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for his third 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.

- Northern Advocate

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