Man left DIC after in-car bust-up
After a spat between his wife and daughter, a Palmerston North man ended up driving home.
But he had been drinking and on September 14 Patrick Edwin Neil Robinson, 52, was stopped by police on Church St.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, police prosecutor Sergeant Ollie Outtrim said Robinson's breath-alcohol reading was 705 micrograms.
The legal limit is 400mcg.
"He stated he'd only had a few beers," Mr Outtrim said.
Defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said Robinson's daughter worked at a hotel in the city and on the night in question he and his wife, as they do once a month, went there for a drink.
Robinson had two previous drink-driving convictions from the 1980s, but Mr Steedman said he had since changed his behaviour toward alcohol.
However, on that night Robinson's wife was upset as she had just found out that her mother was dying of cancer.
Robinson's wife was driving home when she began arguing with the daughter.
The woman slapped her daughter in the face and then got out of the vehicle.
"The wife left the vehicle saying she was going to find her own way home," Mr Steedman said.
This was problematic for Robinson, who then debated with his daughter about who should drive the vehicle.
In the end he decided his daughter was too upset, so he decided he should drive. He was also hoping to placate his wife.
"His normal thought processes went out the window," Mr Steedman said of Robinson.
On a drink-driving charge, Judge Les Atkins fined Robinson $450 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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