Drink-driver pays for trying to get his partying friends home

By Mike Dinsdale

A Kaikohe man who was trying to get his friends home after a night out was found to be more than two-and-a-half times over the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped by police.

Paki RAPANA, 59, appeared in Kaikohe District Court for sentencing on a charge of driving with excess breath-alcohol for a third or subsequent time after he was stopped on Hillcrest Rd, Kaikohe, at 11.30pm on November 15.

A test showed that Rapana had a level of 1022 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit for motorists aged 20 and over is 400mcg. In explanation, he told police he was trying to get all his friends home.

Rapana was sentenced to 150 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, and disqualified from driving indefinitely 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:

Leneke SMITH, 40, unemployed, 759mcg, six months' community detention, 18 months' supervision for third drink-driving conviction.

Frederick Lionel BENNETT, 54, 639mcg, $630 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Vikki Louise THOMPSON, 35, retailer, $700 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Israel HOANI, 19, forestry worker, 682mcg, 50 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for six months.

Joshua Ross SMITH, 31, 776mcg, 100 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for eight months.

Shianne Tau Henare NEHO, 27, 484mcg, $450 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Rick MOON, 19, 400mcg, 80 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Gordon William WARD, 22, 202 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, disqualified from driving indefinitely.

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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