Drink-driver caught twice in one night

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 09:51 27/04/2013

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Just 2½ hours after his licence was suspended on the spot for drink-driving, a Palmerston North scaffolder was back behind the wheel.

About 12.30am on March 30, Reece Tamati Illingworth, 25, was stopped by police in Church St and found to have a breath alcohol reading of 949 micrograms, police prosecutor Sergeant Stu Oram told the Palmerston North District yesterday.

The legal limit is 400mcg.

"In explanation, he stated that he'd only had a couple of drinks," Mr Oram said.

Illingworth's licence was suspended for 28 days but by 3.05am he was driving again.

Police were called after he was involved in a car crash.

"[His] identity was later confirmed by another police officer after he refused to give any details of who he was," Mr Oram said.

Illingworth was taken back to the police station, where he refused to sit breath or blood-alcohol tests. telling police he wasn't driving. He admitted one charge each of drink-driving, refusing to undergo a blood test and driving while suspended.

Judge David Smith remanded him on bail until sentencing in June.

Until then, Illingworth, who has two previous drink-driving convictions, cannot drive.

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