Bender ends badly at bend

By Mike Dinsdale

A Far North man who crashed his vehicle while more than twice over the legal alcohol limit has been sentenced to community detention and lost his driving licence for 14 months.

Trent Mark BRAY, 44, appeared in the Kaikohe District Court on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol for a third or subsequent time after he crashed on State Highway 11, just east of Kawakawa, at 1.10pm on July 28.

The police summary of facts to the court said as Bray was going up a hill he rounded a moderate right-hand bend, losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a bank.

When police arrived Bray smelled strongly of alcohol and a test showed he had a level of 960 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, more than double the 400mcg limit.

In explanation, he told officers he was driving home and did not know how he had come to crash the vehicle.

Bray was sentenced to five months' community detention, nine months' supervision and disqualified from driving for 14 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:

Paul Clifford, O'SULLIVAN, 64, sign writer, 657mcg, six months' community detention, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving indefinitely for third drink-driving conviction.

Valon Waiti WILLIAMS, 25, unemployed, 625mcg, 60 hours' community work, disqualified for six months.

Te Awhi ASHBY, 44, 540mcg, 40 hours' community work, disqualified for six months.

William Ignatz LINDAUER, 25, 528mcg, $500 fine, disqualified for six months.

Adam James LORD, 27, farm manager, 947mcg, 18 months;' intensive supervision, disqualified for 12 months and one day.

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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