Drink driver dobbed in by family

By Zaryd Wilson -
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Wanganui District Courthouse
Wanganui District Courthouse

A man who drove intoxicated and threatened to crash into other vehicles was caught after family phoned the Police.

Albert Kevin Tehuia-Webb pleaded guilty to drink driving when he appeared in the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.

On July 8 at about 11.30pm Tehuia-Webb left a property where he had been drinking and had got into an argument.

He left making threats to crash into other cars and, fearing for his safety, a family member called the Police, the court heard.

When caught up with by police his breath alcohol was 901mcg. The limit is 250mcg.

His lawyer Stephanie Burlace said Tehuia-Webb was apologetic and had made a bad choice on the day.

"It's obviously the result of a family member calling attention to it," she said.

"It's not something he's known by the family to do at all and that's why they sent a clear message that it won't happen again."

Judge Philip Crayton sentenced Tehuia-Webb to 40 hours community work, six months supervision and disqualified him from driving for six months.

"They were concerned about you, no doubt for your own safety," he said.

"Your reading was extremely high. Two and a quarter times the criminal limit for driving."

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