Jailed woman gave relative's details at arrest

By Mike Dinsdale


A Whangarei woman's deception of giving a relative's details when arrested for drink driving was only uncovered when the relative was nearly arrested for failing to appear in court.

Peggy Ann KEMP, 32, has been jailed after appearing in Whangarei District Court for sentencing on charges of driving with excess breath alcohol, giving false details and failing to comply with a prohibition.

The police summary of facts to the court said Kemp was stopped on Tarewa Rd, Whangarei, at 11.27pm on February 18, 2011, and had a level of 755 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

She had been banned from driving in 2007 until she obtained a driving licence and she gave officers the name, address and date of birth of a relative.

The deception was discovered when the relative was almost arrested for failing to appear in court on the drink driving charge.

Kemp was jailed for three months and disqualified from driving for nine months.

Northland has some of the highest rates of drink-driving in the country and the Northern Advocate is publishing its "name and shame" list of all people convicted of drink driving offences in the region.

Also sentenced recently were:

Karl WELLINGTON-MIRKO, 22, 659mcg, four months and 14 days' community detention, 60 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 18 months for fourth drink driving conviction.

Pamela Joanne TURNER, 23, unemployed, 546mcg, four months and 14 days' community detention, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for third drink driving conviction.

Benjamin James SCOTT, 34, builder, 574mcg, $550 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Junior Moeteua KARO, 31, 701mcg, $700 fine, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for seven 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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