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Chairman hopes 'people will forgive'

Last updated 12:35 22/02/2013
Michael Williams
DEEPLY SORRY: Howick Board Chairman Michael Williams hopes the people of east Auckland will forgive him, following his drink-driving conviction.

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Michael Williams is hoping east Auckland will forgive him after being convicted of drink driving.

In an open letter today the Howick Local Board chairman says he 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 says.

Today he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol and was given an $850 fine plus costs and lost his licence for seven months.

Mr Williams says 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.''

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- Eastern Courier

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