Wrong way driver awaits sentence

AMY MAAS
Last updated 13:13 25/09/2012
Parvez Ahmed
GRAHAME COX/ Fairfax NZ
FIRST OFFENCE: Parvez Ahmed has pleaded guilty to charges including fleeing the scene of the crash he caused with a motorcyclist while driving the wrong way on a motorway.

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A man who drove the wrong way down an Auckland motorway and collided with a motorcyclist will wait another three weeks to be sentenced.

Parvez Ahmed today appeared at the Manukau District Court in front of Judge David McKegg who postponed sentencing until October 17 in order for probation officers to inspect a house, in the event he is sentenced to home detention.

Judge McKegg also ordered an emotional harm and reparation report.

Ahmed last month pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of a crash and dangerous driving.

He was three times over the drink driving limit when he crashed into a motorcyclist on April 20.

The 38-year-old motorcyclist was forced to drag himself across the southern motorway to safety while he waited for emergency services.

He had his leg amputated below the knee after the crash.

Today the victim, supported by his mother and sisters, was sombre as he sat in a wheelchair in court. 

After the crash, Ahmed fled the scene in his vehicle but crashed into a tree after exiting the motorway at the Princes St southbound on-ramp a short time later.

Police later found him in a "dazed and confused state" and arrested him.

When he entered his guilty plea, Ahmed was forced to surrender his passport.

He is in New Zealand on a work visa, which he needs to reapply for.

His passport has been seized by the courts but an immigration officer was to "uplift" it for the purposes of renewing Ahmed's visa.

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