Chased after crashing into lamp post

Last updated 16:00 10/07/2012

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A Spring Creek labourer was chased by residents of a Blenheim street after crashing into a lamp post on June 30.

Jaren Charles Taukiriwaaka, 17, admitted driving with an excess breath alcohol (eba) of 840mcg and careless use of a motor vehicle on De Castro Dr after driving from a party in Renwick.

Sergeant Mark Harris said Taukiriwaaka ran away from the scene but was found hiding in bushes after residents gave chase.

Taukiriwaaka's lawyer, Kent Arnott, said his client accepted he should not have been driving.

Judge Grace disqualified from driving for six months and ordered him to undergo nine months supervision for the very high level of alcohol in his system.

A Blenheim man was fined $750 for driving an unwarranted vehicle narrowly avoiding an accident near Grovetown on June 19.

Fletcher Paul Johnson, 20, of Havelock, who only has a learner licence, admitted the charge of careless driving after his brakes failed in a 100kmh zone and he went onto a grass verge in heavy rain, almost hitting a power pole.

Leana Hoeta, 26, faces a third or subsequent charge of driving disqualified from May 24, telling police she drove because she had to get petrol for her car. She will reappear on August 20.

Mark Peter Richardson, 18, of Blenheim, was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay $675 plus court costs after admitting a charge of driving with an eba of 670mcg.

Blenheim truck driver Raymond John Cresswell, 69, was convicted and fined $200 after admitting he had exceeded the maximum work time period of 5 1/2 hours.

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- The Marlborough Express

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