Mum drives kids while intoxicated

A Picton woman drove drunk because she needed to drop off her young children at a friend's place, police say.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris told the Blenheim District Court yesterday when police stopped Jenna Mary Roderick on Waikawa Rd on November 9 she admitted drinking alcohol and told officers she had to leave her house to go to a mate's and drop her young children off.

In court yesterday, Roderick, 33, of Picton, admitted a charge of excess breath alcohol 787mcg (legal limit 400mcg) and a charge of driving while disqualified from December 5. She was disqualified from driving for seven months and fined $1100. Defence lawyer Kent Arnott said Roderick had no previous convictions for either offences.

Also appearing on drink driving charges yesterday:

Nicki Marie Phipps, 20, of Blenheim admitted excess breath alcohol 951mcg and was sentenced to six months' supervision to complete drug and alcohol counselling, 120 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 10 months.

Mr Harris said Phipps admitted drinking, but gave no explanation for her actions when she was stopped by police on Market St about 2.20am on December 15. Phipps had one previous drink-driving conviction for breaching the zero alcohol limit for drivers under 20, he said.

Judge Russell said that conviction was in 2010 and he was concerned at Phipps' "propensity" to drive after drinking. He also ordered Phipps to hold a zero alcohol licence for three years after her disqualification ends.

Lisa Maree Hebberd, 42, unemployed of Blenheim, admitted excess blood alcohol of 99mg (legal limit 80mg) and careless driving and was disqualified from driving for six months, fined $820 and ordered to pay $200 in reparation.

Mr Harris said Hebberd was driving on Old Renwick Rd on October 30 when she tried to turn too fast into Mowat St, failed to take the corner and crashed into a fence.

Hebberd told police she was travelling about 60kmh and did not slow down enough, he said. Defence lawyer Rennie Gould said it was Hebberd's first drink-driving offence and she was not far over the limit, but she accepted it was a serious matter.

Johanna Anne Bailey, 63, of Renwick admitted excess breath alcohol 697mcg and was fined $700 and disqualified for driving for six months.

It was her first drink driving offence, Mr Harris said. Representing herself Bailey apologised for "being irresponsible" and said she had made a bad decision.

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