Jail time for 4th drink drive conviction

By Mike Dinsdale


A Kaikohe man's assertion that he no longer drove after drinking alcohol proved to be wrong and he is now serving a jail term for his fourth drink driving conviction.

James POMANA, 43, forestry worker, appeared for sentencing in the Kaikohe District Court on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol for a third or subsequent time.

The police summary of facts to the court said he was stopped on Bissett Rd, Kaikohe, at 10pm on August 11, 2012 and given a breath test.

Pomana told police he had been very aware of his drink driving past.

The test showed he had a level of 829 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, more than double the 400mcg limit.

Pomana was sentenced to 10 months' jail and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for his fourth 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:

Fiona McEWEN, 42, teacher, 607mcg, $200 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Jordan Te Wiki NUKU, 21, forestry worker, 885mcg, $850 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Waaka Henare KINGI-WAIAUA, 19, 799mcg, six months' community detention, 100 hours' community work, disqualified from driving indefinitely.

Hayley Leonie Christina WADDINGTON, 25, 554mcg, $500 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Frances Ngahuia WILSON, 34, 559mcg, 250 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day.

Jovi Harlem MATAROA, 22, 719mcg, one month home detention, disqualified from driving for six months.

Shannon Mariah SHORTLAND, 18, 523mcg, $520 fine, 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.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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