A serial alcohol offender was in court on Tuesday for his 17th drink-driving conviction.

Damon Neilson appeared in the Whanganui District Court where he admitted driving with excess breath alcohol, third or subsequent.

Judge Gerard Lynch said Neilson was driving with 1076mcg of alcohol in his system on January 2.

The legal limit is 250mcg.

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He remanded Neilson on bail to May 26 for sentencing.