Drunk driver caught moving car

Last updated 15:03 25/02/2014

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A Palmerston North plasterer's attempt to shift his car out of the way of Manawatu Golf Club members has resulted in conviction for drink driving.

Jonathan Wayne Salmon, 29, was about to taxi home from the Hokowhitu club after a wedding in the early hours of February 16 when he decided to shift his car in the car park.

Salmon's lawyer Mark Alderdice told the Palmerston North District Court today that as the taxis were on their way to the club it was pointed out to Salmon that he had parked in a committee member's car park.

"There was some concern that with a members day in the morning, the vehicle may have been towed."

In the process of attempting to shift the car about 25 metres around the corner of the car park, Salmon was stopped by police and breath tested.

He blew 764 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, almost twice the legal limit.

Judge Barbara Morris said she accepted Salmon had only intended to shift the car to the other side of the car park and the case was one where special circumstances could be applied.

"Having said that you were well above the legal limit and there is some indication that you were tested because you were drawing attention to yourself.

"Had you intended to go on a public road with just a white line between you and other drivers it would have been extremely dangerous."

Ms Morris noted that Salmon had no similar convictions and had entered an early guilty plea.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Chris Whitmore said he did not oppose special circumstances to allow Salmon to continue to drive.

Salmon was convicted and fined $300 plus court costs and received no disqualification from driving.

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