Moving car after a few drinks proves bad mix
A Palmerston North woman went to move a car 30 metres to avoid a parking fine, but having some drinks beforehand has landed her with a criminal conviction.
Police found Abbie Christina Yanko, 18, was driving a Toyota in Fitzherbert Ave at 12.45am on August 30. She had 527 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The limit is 400mcg.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, she admitted to drink-driving.
Defence lawyer Peter Coles said Yanko had meant to move her car to avoid paying a fine, and was not planning on driving home that night. "It is clear in the circumstances that there was no intention . . . to drive any more than a limited distance." He asked Judge David Smith to consider not imposing the usual six-months disqualification from driving.
Yanko's father, St John Manawatu district operations manager Steve Yanko, was especially disappointed in her actions, Mr Coles said.
Judge Smith said it was clear Yanko was trying to put her car somewhere safe to avoid having to drive it home.
"In many ways, you have done exactly what the legislation is designed to make happen - for sensible people to make decisions like you did to avoid driving on the open roads.
"You have committed an offence, but there are special circumstances to consider."
Judge Smith did not impose a driving ban, but sentenced Yanko to 40 hours of community work.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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