Drink-driver caught doing it again
Just a few days after being sentenced for drink-driving, a Pohangina man was at it again.
David Brent Passey, 50, was disqualified from driving for nine months and fined $650 when he appeared in the Palmerston North District Court on February 19.
On that occasion he made a failed bid for name suppression to avoid placing stress on his mother.
She was again at the forefront of his thoughts on the evening of February 27 when Passey was pulled over by police and found with a breath-alcohol reading of 973 micrograms.
The legal limit is 400mcg.
"[He] asked for leniency from the officers as this could cause embarrassment for his mother," a police summary says.
Passey was driving an unlicensed farm bike through the streets of Ashhurst after drinking at a bar in the town. He stopped at a dairy and bought a dozen bottles of liquor and a mince pie.
From Cambridge Ave on to Pohangina Rd, Passey was driving about 60kmh to 80kmh and was noticed by a member of the public weaving across the road.
"[Passey] at this stage did not have a helmet and was eating the pie," the summary says.
In court yesterday defence lawyer Mark Alderdice said Passey was about to begin rehab and successfully asked for his sentencing to be delayed until after that.
Judge Gregory Ross convicted Passey on one charge each of drink-driving, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. He is on bail until sentencing and can't drive, possess or consume alcohol or enter licensed premises except supermarkets and dairies.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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