Man drives to court only to be banned from driving

A Foxton man possibly had a very long walk home today after driving his car to Palmerston North, only to be banned from driving.

John William Millar, 48, drove 38 kilometres from Foxton to get to the Palmerston North District Court this morning to plead guilty to a charge of drink driving.

He was caught on April 25 after being pulled over for speeding on State Highway 1 near Sanson at 9.35am.

When he had a breath test, he blew 1141 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath - nearly three times the legal limit of 400mcg.

He told police he had driven down from Auckland the previous night, stayed nearby with family and had drunk a lot of alcohol before going to bed.

Millar has four previous convictions for drink driving, with the most recent taking place in 2005.

Duty lawyer Simon Parsons asked Judge Gerard Lynch for any ban on driving to kick in tomorrow, as Millar had driven from Foxton to be at court.

But the judge was having none of it.

''Who would drive to court after having a reading of 1141?

''I'm not letting him anywhere near a car

''He can make his own arrangements.''

The judge said Millar's last conviction was in Auckland, and he was punished with a fine.

''You will find things are a little different down here.''

He bailed Millar on bail until August for sentencing.

As part of his bail conditions, Millar was banned from driving immediately.

Manawatu Standard