Pregnant woman drink-driving

22:30, Nov 26 2012

A judge has told a pregnant Picton woman to think of her baby after she was caught drink-driving with an alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

Judge Richard Russell told Crystal Marie Slade she had no regard for anyone apart from herself after she admitted driving with a breath alcohol level of 948mcg when she appeared in Blenheim District Court yesterday.

When lawyer Philip Watson told the judge Slade had five children and was pregnant, he interrupted and asked if Slade was really pregnant with that high a level of alcohol.

He turned to address Slade, raising his voice and asking her what she thought she was doing.

"You had no regard for anyone apart from yourself. What about your unborn child?

"You have a level more than twice the legal limit. If you have no regard for anyone else, have regard for your unborn child."


Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said the 28-year-old unemployed Waikawa woman told police she was driving friends to town and did not expect to see police when she was stopped in Auckland St, Picton, about 1.40am on November 18.

Mr Watson said Slade had no previous convictions. Her baby was due in May, he said.

Judge Russell remanded Slade for sentencing on February 4 to allow a pre-sentence report to be completed. He granted her bail with a condition not to consume alcohol.

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