False details bring jail time for woman

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A woman has landed in jail after she gave false details to police after she was found to be driving under the influence of methamphetamine.

Regina Waiata Smith, 35, unemployed, appeared in Whangarei District Court for sentencing on charges of driving under the influence of a drug and giving false details after she was stopped in Tikipunga at 7.45pm on May 30.

The police summary of facts said Smith told police she was Gloria Smith, had a date of birth of September 29, 1980 and that she was 27.

However, as the date of birth did not match the age, further enquiries were made and it was discovered that Gloria Smith had a warrant out for her arrest and Regina Smith was taken to the Whangarei police station for processing and further checks to her identity.

Regina Smith later admitted giving false details to police and that she had smoked cannabis before driving. Her eyes were bloodshot and she exhibited signs of being impaired by drugs. A compulsory impairment test was undertaken and a subsequent blood test revealed the presence of methamphetamine.

She was sentenced to four months' in jail and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day.

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