Repeat drink-driver banned indefinitely

By Mike Dinsdale

A woman has been disqualified from driving indefinitely after being caught drink driving in Kerikeri less than a month after having her licence suspended for driving over the legal alcohol limit.

Georgia Kate LUXTON, 21, appeared in Kaikohe District Court for sentence on two counts of driving with excess blood alcohol and one of driving while suspended.

The police summary of facts presented to the court said Luxton was driving on Wakefield St, Wellington, at 4.10am on May 18, 2012, when she was stopped by police.

She told police she had consumed five glasses of wine before driving and a test showed she had a level of 197 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The legal limit for motorists aged 20 and over is 80mg and due to her high level Luxton had her driving licence suspended for 28 days.

At 10pm on June 9, Luxton was stopped while driving on Heritage Bypass, Kerikeri, as one of her headlights was not working. A test showed she had a level of 105mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Luxton admitted having earlier being suspended from driving in Wellington and told police she was going to drive through Kerikeri and then her friend would drive her the rest of the way to Auckland. She was sentenced to 250 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and disqualified from driving indefinitely.

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:

Jutheena HEKE, 53, 707 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, three months and 14 days' community detention, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for 15 months for fourth drink driving conviction.

Anthony James WHARERAU, 29, 818mcg, nine months;' supervision, disqualified from driving for 10 months.

Wade Steven KAKE, 21, 525mcg, $600 fine, disqualified from driving for seven months.

Rihari YUKICH, 20, 719mcg, 100 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision, disqualified from driving for six months.

Michael Joseph RODGERS, 22, 679mcg, $600 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

- Northland Age

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