Drunk driver nearly fell over

By Mike Dinsdale


A Whangarei man who had his erratic driving reported to police nearly fell over when police stopped him with more than twice the legal alcohol limit in his system.

Neville Robert CORDEAUX, 66, appeared in Whangarei District Court for sentencing on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol for a third or subsequent time.

Cordeaux was driving on Western Hills Drive, Whangarei, at 11.15pm on August 25 when a fellow motorist became concerned that his driving was dangerous.

Cordeaux was doing 70km/h in the 50km/h zone and was weaving across the lanes, with the other motorist calling police then following his car on to Central Ave, where officers pulled him over.

When Cordeaux got out his vehicle he was unsteady on his feet and nearly fell over. He admitted drinking beer before driving and had a level of 966 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, well over the 400mcg limit.

He told police he was driving from Paihia to Maungakaramea and believed he was fine to drive.

Cordeaux was sentenced to four months' community detention, nine months' supervision and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for his fifth 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:

Grant Joseph HOLLAND, 44, 913mcg, four months' community detention, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for his third drink-driving conviction.

Jessica Ann KEEGAN, 24, 558mcg, $550 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Davaray Clifton Sessohn RIHARI, 20, 511mcg, 60 hours' community work, 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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