Drink-drive accused shakes violently in court

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Photo / File / Bay of Plenty Times
Photo / File / Bay of Plenty Times

The 43-year-old man who allegedly ran over two girls in Ohope on Sunday shook violently during his appearance in the Whakatane District Court today.

Appearing before a court registrar and supported by his father, the man was required to sign papers agreeing to bail conditions.

Duty solicitor Nickie Bond requested name suppression for the man on the grounds of hardship.

The man has been charged with causing injury to two girls, aged four and seven, while driving with an excess breath-alcohol level of 754 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400 micrograms.

He also faces a charge of driving while his licence was suspended.

Police were called to Pohutukawa Ave in Ohope at 2.20pm on Sunday after reports of two children being struck by a reversing car.

The four-year-old from Whakatane was taken to hospital and later transferred to Auckland's Starship Hospital where she remains in an induced coma. The seven-year-old from Rotorua has been discharged.

The man has been remanded until May 15 when a full application for name suppression will be made.

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