Drink-driving cases

Drink-driving cases in Blenheim District Court on Monday were:

Nicole Hana Stafford, 26, of Blenheim, admitted driving with a blood alcohol level of 194mg (legal limit is 80mg) and was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months.

Her lawyer, Laurie Murdoch, said Stafford had a 3-year-old daughter and had voluntarily sought alcohol counselling from Te Rapauora Health Services. She had admitted she misjudged the amount she could drink before driving. Judge Tuohy said the level of alcohol meant Stafford was absolutely drunk.

Cagan Leigh Meek, 23, of Blenheim, was disqualified from driving for six months and fined of $550 for driving with a breath alcohol level of 594mct (limit 400mcg).

Defence lawyer John Holdaway said Meek had been drinking with some friends and had driven to town to get some food. He accepted that he made a bad decision to drive and it was his first offence.

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