Drink driver 'on thin ice' - judge

A 19-year-old Blenheim man was remanded for sentence after admitting a charge of drink-driving causing injury, and a second charge of drink-driving when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Brendan Thoms, a forklift operator, was driving in Waihopai Valley Rd about 8.45pm on February 16.

He had two passengers in the car, and he swerved to avoid an oncoming car, causing his left tyres to move on to the gravel.

He tried to correct the vehicle but turned too hard, causing it to roll on to its roof before it rolled back on to it's tyres.

His passengers were both seriously injured and had to be taken to hospital.

A sample of Thoms' breath showed he had a breath-alcohol level of 448 micrograms at the time of the crash. The legal limit is 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

He told police he had lost control when trying to avoid an oncoming car that was in the middle of the road.

In relation to the second incident, on May 9, Thoms was stopped by police while driving a Toyota Hilux in Redwood St.

He admitted consuming alcohol and a breath test showed he had a breath-alcohol level of 871mcg per litre of breath.

He offered no explanation.

Judge Richard Russell told Thoms all of the "warning bells" about him were going after he chose to drink-drive again, despite the first matter being before the court.

"It doesn't need me to tell you what serious trouble you are in . . . . you are on very thin ice young man," he said.

He remanded Thoms for sentencing on July 14.

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