Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm has lost her licence for six months after pleading guilty to drink driving today in the Auckland District Court.
Malcolm, 47, was over the legal limit when stopped for a random breath test at a checkpoint in Hopetoun St, central Auckland, about 10pm on May 19.
A blood test revealed she had a blood alcohol reading of 121mg per 100ml of blood. The legal blood alcohol limit is 80mg.
Malcolm was also fined $500, plus $132.89 in court costs, $93 in analyst fees and $80 in medical costs.
Judge Sarah Fleming said a discount was made because this was Malcolm's first conviction and because of her early guilty plea.
Earlier this year, after the incident, the actress made a statement to the Sunday Star Times, describing herself as a "bloody idiot".
''It was, and is my intention to front up the media about this as I have no interest in hiding what happened," she said in the statement.
''I had been out for dinner with colleagues on the night in question. I was driving a friend home when I was stopped at a routine checkpoint. I was not speeding or driving in a dangerous manner. I told the police officer that I had been out to dinner, and had drunk wine.
''I deeply regret my lack of judgement and sheer stupidity. I feel like a bloody idiot.''
Malcolm said she had been working all day on a new TV series and went out to dinner with her colleagues afterwards. As she left the restaurant she questioned herself as to whether she was fit to drive.
''Walking across the road I said to myself 'are you OK?' I concluded that I was. Clearly I was not. On reflection even if you have to even ask yourself that question, you just shouldn't drive. I feel incredibly angry at myself that at my age I've had to learn this lesson in this way. I should have known better.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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