Conviction No6 for Kawakawa drink driver

By Mike Dinsdale


A man convicted of his sixth drink driving offence after being stopped in Kawakawa has been given community work, supervision and a ban from driving.

Adrian Kenneth FLOYD, 39, 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 in Kawakawa at 9.35pm on July 28, last year.

The police summary of facts to the court said, while being spoken to, Floyd appeared to be affected by alcohol, smelled of alcohol and admitted drinking bourbon and cola before driving.

A test showed a level of 514 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit for motorists aged 20 and over is 400mcg and Floyd told police he thought he would be okay to drive.

He was sentenced to 350 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and disqualified from driving for 15 months for his sixth 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 for drink driving offences in the region.

Also sentenced in Northland's courts recently were:

Alice Rebecca TAYLOR, 22, 888mcg, and 650mcg, three months' home detention, disqualified from driving indefinitely for her second and third drink driving convictions.

Miria Airlie TAHANA, 34, mother, 673mcg, four months' community detention, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months for third drink driving conviction.

Daniel Philip HANCY, 27, 630mcg, $800 fine, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for eight months.

Megan Claire HOWARD, 41, 700mcg, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for six months.

Reon Te Ahu BROWN, 21, 499mcg, $450 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Manaaki Sling Terore WAIPOURI, 23, 595mcg, two months' home detention, 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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