Mum drank, then drove

03:30, Jul 13 2012

After "celebrating" at an unveiling by drinking cans of bourbon, a Palmerston North woman opted to get behind the wheel and drive.

Only weeks after giving birth to her second child, Holly Alma Rangihuna, 27, was caught drink-driving on Cavendish Cres about 9.10pm on June 30. She pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge at Palmerston North District Court yesterday.

The police summary said Rangihuna admitted drinking five cans of bourbon before driving.

She told police she was just driving around the corner to a friend's house. She recorded a breath-alcohol reading of 758 micrograms; the legal limit is 400mcg.

Defence lawyer Simon Parsons said Rangihuna had earlier attended an unveiling and it had been the first time she had consumed alcohol since giving birth.

Judge Barbara Morris sentenced Rangihuna to 60 hours' community work, nine months' supervision with alcohol counselling, and disqualified her from driving for seven months.


Manawatu Standard