Sentencing delayed for drink driver

Sarah Jane Arrow has had her sentencing delayed. Photo / Supplied
Sarah Jane Arrow has had her sentencing delayed. Photo / Supplied

A judge has today delayed sentencing for a drink driver who mowed down two Christchurch pedestrians, breaking both legs of one man, calling for more information on what he called a serious case.

Sarah Jane Arrow, 45, crashed her VW car on the coastal Main Rd at Redcliffs just after 2pm on Good Friday, March 25 this year.

She hit the roadside barrier and the impact sent two pedestrians down a 2m bank onto rocks below.

Pedestrian Ben Appleton was taken to hospital with serious injuries, including two broken legs, extensive left-sided skull fracture, several broken ribs, and internal injuries.

His injuries require ongoing surgery and treatment. The other victim suffered minor bruising and scratches.

Arrow was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol causing injury. She recorded 1009 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath -- more than two-and-a-half times the limit for prosecution at court, and four times the limit for an infringement notice.

Appleton was at Christchurch District Court today, with the aid of a walking stick.

He was hoping to witness sentencing but instead Judge Alastair Garland delayed it until September.

The judge was "disturbed"to discover that no submissions had been filed by either Arrow's defence counsel Allister Davis or police prosecutions ahead of today's scheduled sentencing.

Davis raised the point that the previous judge, Judge Jane Farish hadn't called for any submissions.

But Garland wasn't prepared to proceed without them.

He told Arrow in the dock that the charges - with a starting point of "three-and-a-half years downwards"- were serious and that they required careful consideration by the court, "not just for your sake but also for the sake of the victim and the community".

She will now be sentenced on September 28.

After the smash, Arrow told police she'd drunk two glasses of wine before driving and that she had sun in her eyes at the time of the crash.

Police had earlier received calls from members of the public concerned that Arrow had been "swerving over the road".

Arrow, of Sumner, earlier pleaded guilty to drink driving causing injury and also to driving contrary to a zero alcohol licence which she had been granted on January 20 this year.

- NZ Herald

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