Driver nabbed

Last updated 12:00 13/06/2012

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An 18-year-old motorist who had been drinking was stopped by police after passing an ambulance at high speed, losing control of his vehicle and spinning across the road.

Welding student Michael John Donovan, 18, pleaded guilty in Palmerston North District Court yesterday to charges of drink-driving and careless driving.

Police prosecutor Mike Toon said Donovan was driving home on Ruahine St about 10.55pm on June 2 when he was stopped by police.

"[He] swerved past an ambulance travelling in the same direction, braking as he completed this manoeuvre," he said. "Soon after the defendant lost control of the vehicle causing it to spin out and end up on the opposite side of the road."

Mr Toon said police saw what happened as they were patrolling the area.

Donovan had a breath-alcohol reading of 819 micrograms per litre of breath – more than twice the legal limit.

Defence lawyer Mark Alderdice said Donovan was returning home from a 21st birthday party.

Judge David Smith fined Donovan $1025 and disqualified him from driving for seven months.

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