Drink-driver asked to be breath tested

22:22, Oct 15 2012

A Blenheim man was caught drink-driving after he asked the police to breath test him.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday Dominic Archie Topia, 28, of Blenheim admitted a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol of 480mcg (legal limit 400mcg).

Topia was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $400.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Topia approached a Picton police officer and asked to be breath tested after driving from The Flying Haggis bar on Main St Picton to the Picton BNZ on the other side of the street and using the ATM on Saturday.

Defence lawyer Kent Arnott said Topia was "one of the more honest offenders you will see".

It was his first time in court, he had asked to be breath tested and had fully co-operated with police.


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