Home detention for fourth offence

By Mike Dinsdale

A Whangarei man who rolled his car numerous times while almost three times over the legal alcohol limit has been sentenced to home detention for his fourth drink driving conviction.

Marcus TURLEY, 25, appeared in Whangarei District Court for sentencing on a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol for a third or subsequent time after he crashed off State Highway One at 10.35pm on August 17. Police said Turley was driving his Audi on SH1 over the Brynderwyns when the car left the road on a moderate right hand bend, hit a road sign and rolled numerous times down the road. He was taken to hospital with multiple injuries and a blood sample showed he had a reading of 226 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for motorists aged 20 and over is 80mg.

Turley was sentenced to five months' home detention and disqualified from driving indefinitely 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 were:

William Michael WAITI, 35, unemployed, 755 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath - almost twice the 400mcg limit - 300 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for third drink driving conviction.

Chester Walter MCNEIL, 24, unemployed, 577mcg, one months' jail, disqualified from driving for 30 months.

Harata DANIELS, 38, 769mcg, $900 fine, disqualified from driving for seven months.

Joshua Andrew GALBRAITH 28, 86mg, $400 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Miles BOYER-TOTO, 20, 635mcg, $650 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Robin William COOPER, 23, 820mcg, $800 fine, 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: Between 0.00 and 0.03: infringement of $200 and 50 demerit points.

- Northern Advocate

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