Drunk driver sentenced

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Police out in front of the Turanga Court House. Filthy Few guilty over stand-off. Photo Sam Ackland. BOP 08Feb11 - SECURITY: Police guard Tauranga District Court yesterday as accused
Police out in front of the Turanga Court House. Filthy Few guilty over stand-off. Photo Sam Ackland. BOP 08Feb11 - SECURITY: Police guard Tauranga District Court yesterday as accused

A Hairini man who cut power to 8000 homes and lost his arm in a drunken crash narrowly avoided jail.

Russell James Burt, 42, was today sentenced to a total of nine months home detention.

Burt was breaching his community detention and drunk when he crashed into a power pole as he tried to negotiate a bend on Poike Rd on July 4. It was also the eight time he had been caught driving while disqualified.

A blood sample revealed Burt had been driving with a blood alcohol level of 113 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

Burt's right arm had to be amputated as a result of the crash.

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