It's prison next time, judge warns driver

Last updated 15:53 29/01/2013

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A driver previously convicted of driving drunk and driving under the influence of drugs has been warned she will be sent to prison if she drink-drives again.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, 24-year-old labourer Chloe Carolyn Hurring admitted excess breath alcohol 672mcg (legal limit 400mcg), her third offence, after being stopped by police at 12.45am on Maxwell Rd in Blenheim on December 30.

She was sentenced to nine months' supervision, 175 hours' community work and disqualified indefinitely from driving.

Judge Tony Zohrab ordered her not to own a motor vehicle for 12 months and to hold a zero alcohol licence for three years.

It was Hurring's second drink-driving offence, along with a conviction for driving under the influence of drugs, all since 2008. The judge warned Hurring that if she drove drunk again she would be sent to prison.

Also appearing on drink-driving charges yesterday:

Tania Jean Herbert, 27, of Picton, admitted excess breath alcohol of 617mcg and driving while disqualified and was sentenced to six months' supervision, 90 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 11 months and ordered to hold a zero alcohol licence for three years.

Defence lawyer Kent Arnott said it was likely Herbert would lose her job after the offending on January 25, which was her second drink-driving offence in three months.

Timothy Guy Andrews, 25, a chef of Havelock, admitted excess breath alcohol of 900mcg and was disqualified from driving for nine months and sentenced to 60 hours' community work.

Mr Arnott said Andrews had one previous drink-driving conviction from 2005. Because of his erratic work hours Andrews would find doing community work difficult and wanted a fine.

However, Judge Zohrab said Andrews had more than $3000 of fines, which showed fines were no deterrent to him.

Cory John Prosser, 21, of Renwick, admitted excess breath alcohol of 772mcg and was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $700.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said Prosser was stopped by police about 7.40am on December 16 on High St in Renwick and told police he had had a sleep and thought he was OK to drive. It was Prosser's first drink-driving offence.

Nicholas David Kininmonth, 22, a sales representative of Redwoodtown, admitted excess blood alcohol of 171mg (legal limit 80mg) and was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $700.

Janice Elsie Brewer, 61, of Redwoodtown, admitted excess breath alcohol of 614mcg and was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $575. Mr Arnott said it was Brewer's first ever appearance in court.

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Mr Single said when she was stopped about 11.15pm on December 15 on Maxwell Rd, Brewer told police she had drunk four shandies and thought she was OK to drive.

Ivan Lester Munday, 47, of Blenheim, admitted excess breath alcohol of 475mcg and was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $400.

Defence lawyer Philip Watson said it was Munday's first time in court and he was just over the limit trying to do the right thing going home after three beers.

Rachel Marguerite Steadman, 20, admitted excess breath alcohol of 193mcg (legal limit for under 20 is 0mcg) and was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for three months.

- The Marlborough Express

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