Drink drivers in court

Last updated 15:33 12/12/2013

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A 36-year-old Waikawa sales representative appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday for sentencing on his fifth charge of drink-driving.

Nathan Christopher Dolan, 36, was spared prison only because he had a fulltime job, a dependent partner and child, said Judge Bruce Davidson.

Dolan's level of alcohol, 669 micrograms per litre of breath, was moderate, he said. The legal limit is 400mcg per litre of breath.

Judge Davidson sentenced Dolan to 200 hours community work, 12 months supervision and a $500 fine.

Dolan was indefinitely disqualified from driving and would have to apply for a zero-alcohol licence for three years when the disqualification was lifted.

"Next time, prison, full stop," Judge Davidson said.

Blair Alfred Lavery, 27, also appeared for sentencing on a charge of drink-driving on Monday.

It was his third charge of drink-driving in the space of three years.

Judge Davidson said the Masterton man's last two charges were quite recent and the readings were fairly high.

"In normal circumstances you would be sent to prison or, at the very least, be sentenced to home detention or community detention," Judge Davidson said.

That was not possible because Lavery's sister did not want him serving a detention sentence at her address where he lived.

Judge Davidson sentenced him to 180 hours community work, 12 months supervision and a $500 fine.

He was disqualified from driving indefinitely and would have to apply for a zero-alcohol licence when his license was reinstated.

Mervyn Waimaria Osborne, 42, admitted a charge of drink-driving and had a charge of failing to surrender his car keys withdrawn on Monday.

Mr Single said Osborne was driving on Waikawa Rd in Picton on November 6 before parking his car outside a cafe on London Quay.

He was seen by members of the public stumbling across the road and they called police.

When police arrived he said he was going to drive home. Officers told him to hand over his keys but he ignored them and proceeded to unlock the car.

He was subsequently taken to the police station where a breath-screening test showed he had an excess breath-alcohol level of 1015mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

When spoken to by police Osborne admitted the facts and said he was just getting something to eat and wanted to go home.

His lawyer, Nick McKessar, said his client knew he had let himself down.

Judge Davidson sentenced Osborne to 60 hours of community work and disqualified him from driving for eight months.

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Monica Chantelle Taylor, 32, was sentenced to 80 hours community work when she appeared on a charge of drink-driving on Monday.

Mr Single said the Blenheim caregiver was stopped on Maxwell Rd about 7.40pm on November 10 and had an excess breath-alcohol level of 456mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

In explanation she said she had only had two drinks that afternoon.

She was disqualified from driving.

Debra Raewyn Giles, 49, was sentenced to 80 hours community work and 12 months intensive supervision and was disqualified from driving for 10 months.

Maria Josephine Kimura, 41, was sentenced to 100 hours community work after admitting a charge of drink-driving on Monday.

The Witherlea caregiver had been convicted of drink-driving at least twice previously.

She was stopped by police on November 10 when she was driving on Eltham Rd and had a breath-alcohol level of 550mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

Judge Davidson also sentenced her to 10 months supervision and disqualified her from driving for 10 months.

- The Marlborough Express

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