Drink driver found dozing in car
A Feilding freezing worker who unsuccessfully attempted to drive after drinking ended up dozing in his car just metres from home.
James Keith Read, 54, was found by police asleep in his BMW about 5.40am on July 7.
“The vehicle was stationary facing away from his driveway in the middle of the road,” a police summary says.
“There was damage to the front left bumper… and the engine was still running.”
When he was awoken, Read’s breath alcohol reading was found to be 828 micrograms. The legal limit is 400mcg.
“I had to get to the pub to get on the piss and once I got there I gotta get home,” Read told police.
In Feilding District Court today defence lawyer Mike Ryan said his client, who admitted a drink-driving charge, was concerned about those comments.
“He says to me it’s just the alcohol talking.”
For the past decade Read had been drinking “irregularly”, but on the night in question he had caught up with an old acquaintance, who Read said was an alcoholic.
The pair spent several hours together at Feilding pubs, Mr Ryan said.
“He then slept in his car for four or five hours before waking up cold and deciding to drive home.
“Because he doesn’t drink often, when he does, he’s unable to keep up.”
Judge Barbara Morris remanded Read on bail until sentencing in October. Until then he cannot drive, or possess or drink alcohol.
Read has three previous drink-driving convictions. His breath alcohol level was 1184mcg for his last one 12 years ago.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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