A man who was bleeding from the face and drunk when pulled over by police in Picton said he was trying to flee an argument and had been hit with a bottle.
David Ronald French, 43, self-employed, of Picton, was stopped by police on Garden Terrace on May 20 near his house after his partner had called police because the two had fought.
He appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday charged with drink-driving with a blood alcohol level of 107mg. The legal limit is 80mg.
Lawyer John Holdaway said French had been hit over the head with a bottle and was bleeding when police pulled him over.
"He left out of necessity."
Judge Richard Russell said he accepted French was trying to flee a domestic violence situation, he could walked away.
This was the second time French had been charged with drink-driving, he said.
French was remanded on bail to re-appear in court on June 25.
- The Marlborough Express