A Napier lawyer has been fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months after being snared in a pre-Christmas police drink-driving checkpoint.

Appearing before Judge Tony Adeane in Napier District Court, Richard Henry Hill, 66, yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level of 693mcg of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

A summary said he was stopped in Napier about 10pm on December 14.

Employed by Hilden Law, a branch of Lunn and Associates, Mr Hill is a founding trustee and former deputy chairman of Sport Hawke's Bay.