Drink driver woken, abuses police

18:30, Apr 03 2013

A drink driver who frightened motorists as she swerved her way through Napier spent two hours abusing police after they woke her as she slept on her steering wheel.

Raewyn Sorenson, 39, was seen speeding and swerving over roads about 4.20pm on January 3.

Over the next half an hour many motorists had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with her as she swerved, sped and failed to stop at intersections. Several motorists rang police and one followed her car to her home.

When an officer arrived, he had to wake her. She failed a breath test but refused to go to the station, choosing instead to deliver a "tirade of abuse".

She was arrested and taken to the police station, where she recorded 157 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - twice the legal limit of 80mg.

Sorenson appeared in the Napier District Court yesterday, where she admitted drink- driving, careless driving and refusing to go with a policeman.

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Her lawyer, Cliff Church, said Sorenson "accepted her behaviour was crazy", but she "just snapped". She had been under immense pressure at the time, he said.

She had two previous convictions for careless driving but none for drink-driving, he said.

Judge Anna-Marie Skellern sentenced Sorenson to 80 hours of community work, banned her from driving for eight months and ordered her to pay analysts' fees and court costs.

The Dominion Post