Jack Tangen-Wainohu appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday facing three charges, including one of driving with excess breath-alcohol of 888 micrograms per litre of breath (the legal limit is 400mcg).
The court heard how Tangen-Wainohu was driving a Toyota motor vehicle on Middle Renwick Rd on Friday September 20 when he attempted to pass five cars at once.
The 17-year-old had three passengers in the car.
Drivers of the other vehicles estimated the teenager was driving at speeds between 140kmh and 160kmh and called the police because they were concerned for the safety of his passengers.
When police eventually caught Tangen-Wainohu, he resisted arrest and became violent towards the arresting constable, police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said.
Tangen-Wainohu underwent a breath-alcohol test and was found to be more than twice the legal limit.
Judge Michael Turner said it had been "an appalling piece of driving", and sentenced Tangen-Wainohu to 125 hours of community work on the drink-driving charge, and 100 hours of community work on a dangerous driving charge.
Tangen-Wainohu was also disqualified from driving for 12 months for drink-driving and nine months on the dangerous driving charge, starting yesterday. He was sentenced to 60 hours of community work for resisting police.
Mia Matangi Maru, 45, appeared in court yesterday on a charge of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level of 672 micrograms per litre of breath.
She was fined $700 plus court costs and was disqualified from driving for six months.
Jesse Damien Joseph Farrow, 24, of Riversdale, was sentenced to 40 hours of community work and disqualified from driving for six months when he appeared on a charge of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level of 479 micrograms per litre of breath.
Jake Gary James Fraser, 24, was sentenced to 130 hours of community work and disqualified from driving for six months when he appeared on a charge of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level of 553 micrograms. The Blenheim man was also ordered to apply for a zero-alcohol licence when his disqualification was up and was not to have any interest in a motor vehicle for the next 12 months.
- The Marlborough Express