Drink drive politician says sorry
Howick Local Board chairman Michael Williams is hoping the East Auckland community will forgive him after being convicted of drink driving.
In an open letter Williams today said he had made a mistake.
"I had too much to drink, got in my car and drove, endangering the safety of other road users and for this I am very sorry," he wrote.
Today he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol, was given an $850 fine and lost his licence for seven months.
Williams said a charge of failing to accompany a police officer was dropped after he outlined his defence.
"I am normally very careful about drinking and driving and this is the first time I have ever appeared in court facing charges. I am extremely embarrassed.
"I have made an apology to the police, who I greatly respect, and who do a tremendous job, often in trying circumstances.
"It is my hope that people will forgive me and support me to continue to work hard for the benefit of the community."