Drink-driver who crashed into parked bus denied bail

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 31/07/2014

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A Palmerston North woman who crashed into a parked bus while she was nearly four times the legal drink-driving limit will be sentenced next month.

When first spoken to by police, Judith Mary Goldsack, 37, said the bus backed into her and that the crash, which occurred at 10.40am on February 5, had happened at night.

Goldsack was to learn her fate in the Palmerston North District Court this week but her sentencing was delayed after she failed to appear on Tuesday. She had also breached a bail condition to not consume alcohol.

Before Judge Barbara Morris yesterday, Goldsack asked to be bailed to her home until she was sentenced in four weeks.

The judge said she could not offer Goldsack bail until space was found for her in a residential addiction treatment programme.

Morris acknowledged there was a "sad aspect" to Goldsack's case in that her alcohol addiction had come as a result of the death of her husband but she said she had to factor in the community's interests too.

Goldsack had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving and a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol stemming from the February crash.

The summary of facts says she was driving a Nissan vehicle in College St when she crashed into a stationary bus on a straight section of road.

The driver was inside on his break at the time having a cup of tea.

When police arrived they carried out a breath test on Goldsack and found she had a reading of 1578 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Goldsack told police she had been stationary and the bus had crashed into her.

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- Manawatu Standard

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