Seven times drunk driving

By Mike Dinsdale


A Whangarei man caught drink-driving for a seventh time has been spared jail partly because of the 18 years since his last conviction.

Peter Royston FOYLE, 56, machine operator, appeared in Whangarei District Court for sentence on a charge or driving with excess breath alcohol for a third or subsequent time after he was stopped on Te Raupongo Rd, at 12.55am on December 22, last year.

The police summary of facts said Foyle was stopped at a roadside checkpoint and a test showed he had a level of 821 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, more than double the 400mcg limit.

He had six previous conviction for drink driving, with the last one in September 1994.

Foyle was sentenced to six months' community detention, 100 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for his seventh 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:

Nicholas DAVIS, 40, unemployed, 600mcg, 250 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for third drink driving conviction.

Joshua Robert FOOTE, 20, 771mcg, 65 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for six months.

Jason Paul GEORGE, scaffolder, 26, 806mcg, four months' community detention, disqualified from driving for 18 months for fourth drink-driving conviction.

Yul Sydney Jensen, 40, stevedore, 146 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 175 hours' community work, nine months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for third drink-driving conviction.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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