Manawatu builder pleads guilty to drunken drive

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 14:42 27/03/2014

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A Manawatu builder was so drunk when pulled over by police near Woodville, he told them he thought he was on the way home to Feilding - about a 30 minute drive in the opposite direction.

Daniel James Trask, 38, also said he was not drunk, despite blowing nearly three-and-a-half times the legal drink driving limit.

Before being caught by police he caused a car crash, and narrowly avoided having a head-on collision with a truck after driving around a blind corner on the wrong side of the road.

The events, which led to Trask pleading guilty to dangerous and drink driving in the Palmerston North District Court today, took place on December 20.

He was driving in Palmerston North about 10pm when he went through the intersection of Mcleavey Dr and Roberts Line, crashing into a lamp post.

He decided to back his car off the post and keep driving, making his way out onto Napier Rd and towards Ashhurst.

His speed varied between 80 and 130kmh, and he crossed both the centre line and the line on the left side of the road.

At one point, a car had to break heavily when Trask drove on the wrong side of the road.

A following car ended up crashing into it, while Trask drove on.

He managed to make his way to the Manawatu Gorge, where his car was seen rubbing along the barrier that prevents motorists driving into the river below.

Once out of the gorge, he drove around a blind corner on the wrong side of the road, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a truck.

Police pulled Trask over between the gorge and Woodville. 

A blood test was taken, which showed Trask had a blood alcohol reading of 276 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The legal limit is 80 milligrams.

He told police he had been drinking, but did not believe he was drunk.

Police asked him if he knew where he was, and he told them he did.

He said he was driving home to Feilding from Palmerston North.

Feilding is north-west of Palmerston North, while Woodville is to the east.

Judge Gregory Ross remanded Trask until June for sentencing.

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- Manawatu Standard

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