Driver almost three times limit

By Mike Dinsdale


A man stopped by police in Whangarei while on his way to get more alcohol was almost three times over the legal alcohol limit at the time.

Albert James PAUL, 37, appeared in the Whangarei District Court for sentencing on a charge of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level for a third or subsequent time after being stopped on Maunu Rd about 8.15pm on November 29.

Paul was given a breath test which revealed a level of 1126 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, almost three times the 400mcg limit.

The police summary of facts to the court said in explanation he told officers he was on his way to get more alcohol.

Paul was sentenced to 200 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and disqualified from driving for 12 months 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.

Also sentenced in Northland's courts recently were:

Angela Lomas, 49, four months' community detention, nine months' supervision, disqualified from driving indefinitely for third drink-driving related conviction.

Ashley PETERS, 19, 266mcg, $350 fine, disqualified from driving for three months.

Cheyenne Jodie NGAPERA, 38, 492mcg, 100 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for six months.

Jade HENRY, 18, 251mcg, $250 fine, disqualified from driving for three months.

Jacob Kaiwaka ERIHE, 19, 203mcg, $400 fine, disqualified from driving for three months.

Kevin Adam Mahy YOUNG, 24, 634mcg, $360 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 are subject to the same drink-drive penalties as adults.

- Northern Advocate

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