Bail given to drunk driver

01:05, Aug 05 2014
Ashley Walsh
Ashley Walsh

An Auckland man whose drunk driving crash killed two of his friends has been granted bail pending the appeal of his jail sentence.

Joel Dylan Bowlin, 22, of Massey, was sentenced to 21 months in prison last month for the crash that claimed the lives of his two passengers, Tye Gibbs, 19, and Ashley Walsh, 20, on August 24, 2013.

Bowlin has lodged an appeal of his sentence and he today applied in the High Court at Auckland for bail until the appeal is heard.

Justice Ailsa Duffy granted the request but the Bail Act prevents media from reporting anything other than the outcome of a bail application. ​ 

Walsh and Gibbs both died at the scene of the crash when Bowlin rolled his van over a drain pipe and into a retaining post in Kumeu.

Bowlin escaped with minor injuries after the van came to rest upside down. He had a blood alcohol reading of 113 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - 33mg above the legal limit.

No date has yet been set for the Court of Appeal hearing.