Pensioner loses her licence

A Sanson pensioner now has to rely on her family to get her groceries, with a dodgy hip and her penchant for drink-driving taking away her independence, a court has heard.

About 9pm on December 13, Florrie Smith, 68, drove on State Highway 1 to have a few drinks at the Sanson Club. On her way there, she saw a police drink-driving checkpoint on the highway. Despite that, she decided to drive home after her time at the club.

She was breath-tested and, later, blood-tested.

Her blood reading was 148 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

She pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to drink-driving.

Duty lawyer Paul Murray said Smith had an arthritic hip, which made it impossible to walk any significant distance.

She decided to drive home after drinking, as she would not have been able to walk, he said.

Judge Gregory Ross said Smith's offending came about in unusual circumstances, as most people living in towns like Sanson would easily be able to walk home.

He said she was still caught doing something wrong.

He fined her $700 and disqualified her from driving for seven months.

Manawatu Standard