Drink driver blames mouthwash

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 08:41 18/12/2012

Relevant offers

National News

Melbourne light plane crash: Killed American revealed his flying fears after Milford Sound flight days before Chiefs hand Super Rugby debuts to Mitch Karpik and Johnny Faauli for Highlanders clash Paris Jackson lands her first fashion cover for Carine Roitfeld Australia 9-5 as White Ferns tear through top order and edge toward T20 series victory Which New Zealand Super Rugby teams perform best in season-openers? Radiation victim calls ACC 'scumbags' as compensation saga drags on Car crash closes Bay of Plenty road Final major cordon lifted, most evacuees now home after Christchurch's Port Hills fire Garden guru Lynda Hallinan's top 9 flowers for picking Commemoration of the Christchurch earthquake at 12:51pm was varied – is this a sign the city is moving on?

Although a Marton woman admits driving after drinking, she thinks her alcohol-based mouthwash may have ramped up her reading.

Just before 5pm on November 2, Cheryl Marie Butcher, 40, was travelling along Milson Line between Feilding and Palmerston North when other motorists reported her ''erratic'' driving to police.

She was seen crossing the centre line and driving slowly.

When police caught up with her she had a breath-alcohol reading of 1307 micrograms. The legal limit is 400mcg.

''[Butcher] had a young child and three teenage passengers in the vehicle,'' police prosecutor Sergeant Stu Oram told the Feilding District Court yesterday.

She said she had to drive her young son from Marton to Palmerston North to see his father.

Oram said Butcher did not mention her mouthwash at the time, but defence lawyer Richard Bedford told the court about it and said it could have affected the reading.

''On the other hand, she made it plain she had had some drinks and shouldn't drink on an empty stomach.''

Butcher, who has no previous convictions, will be sentenced in February.

Ad Feedback

- Manawatu Standard

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content