Drunk driver sent to prison

03:47, Jun 26 2012

A repeat drink-driver has ended up in prison after being caught driving at more than double the legal limit for the fourth time.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday Anita Maree Rarere, 34, of Blenheim admitted driving while disqualified and drink-driving with excess breath alcohol of 1066mcg (legal limit 400mcg) on Scott St on October 1, 2011. She was sentenced to nine months prison.

Judge Tony Zohrab said on all four occasions which she had been caught drink-driving, Rarere had been more than double the legal limit. In 2008 she badly injured a man after trying to overtake seven trucks and hitting two oncoming cars while drunk driving, he said. She had already been permanently disqualified from driving in 2006.

Matthew David McKinney, 44, a labourer of Spring Creek, also appeared on a drink-driving charge yesterday and admitted driving with excess breath alcohol of 775mcg, a third or subsequent offence. It was McKinney's fourth drink-driving offence, but his previous offending had been between 1986 and 1998. He was sentenced to 200 hours community work and disqualified from driving for 13 months.


The Marlborough Express