Drunk driver in court

Last updated 12:00 06/08/2014

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A 25-year-old Palmerston North man has been caught drink-driving for the sixth time.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Jordan Paul Te Amohanga pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving while forbidden.

On July 31 police saw him driving his car in Palmerston North, with a passenger in the front seat.

He pulled over, his passenger left the car and Te Amohanga moved into the passenger's seat.

When police pulled up to him, he said he had been the passenger the whole time. He smelt of alcohol and refused a roadside breath test.

After being arrested and taken to a police station, he gave a breath test and blew 924 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath - more than double the legal limit of 400mcg.

Defence lawyer Mark Alderdice said Te Amohanga had five previous convictions for drink-driving - three at the adult level and two at the youth level. He would be living at a rural property in Tekapo with his partner's mother before sentencing, where there was a strict ban on alcohol, Alderdice said.

"He cannot drink there and cannot turn up there after having consumed alcohol."

Te Amohanga had visited service providers in that area to get help with his alcohol issues.

Prosecuting Sergeant Mike Toon said there should be a condition that Te Amohanga not drive while on bail, as he was already forbidden from driving.

Judge Stephanie Edwards remanded him until next month for sentencing.

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- Manawatu Standard

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