Third strike driver banned from wheel

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Zachary Owen Reriti, 25, blew a reading of 607mcg of alcohol per litre of breath when stopped by police on January 1 on Queen St, Masterton.
Zachary Owen Reriti, 25, blew a reading of 607mcg of alcohol per litre of breath when stopped by police on January 1 on Queen St, Masterton.

A Carterton man has been disqualified from driving for a year after being caught drink-driving for the third time.

Zachary Owen Reriti, 25, provided a reading of 607mcg of alcohol per litre of breath when stopped by police on January 1 on Queen St, Masterton.

In Masterton District Court on Monday, his lawyer, Ian Hard, said it was unfortunate his client had incurred a third charge as his previous two readings had only been "marginally over" the limit.

"He's not a big drinker and he's not a frequent drinker," Mr Hard said.

Judge Barbara Morris said if Reriti came before the court on further drink-driving charges, his liberty would be at risk.

She disqualified him from driving for one year and one day.

He was also ordered to attend drug and alcohol counselling as directed by probation.

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