Drink-driver flees police

Last updated 08:03 08/01/2014

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Driving offences dominated the first list day in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

A woman appeared in the district court yesterday, after fleeing from police as they pulled her over last month.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single told the court that police decided to breath test Jarna Lee Slade on December 19 when they saw her leaving the Springlands Tavern about 10.12pm.

As police pulled up behind the 31-year-old she accelerated onto Middle Renwick Rd and into Colemans Rd in Springlands.

She turned her lights off twice as she travelled down the road to avoid being seen by police, before turning into Ward St and into a property.

When police arrived she admitted she had been drinking and was taken to the police station where a breath test showed she had an excess breath-alcohol level of 501 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

The legal limit is 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

Judge Bruce Davidson convicted Slade and ordered a pre-sentence report. She will reappear on February 10.

Ryan Joseph Schollum, 21, was fined $650 when he appeared on a charge of drink-driving.

Mr Single said Schollum was stopped at a police checkpoint on Maxwell Rd in Blenheim about 1.40am on December 21.

He admitted to police that he had been drinking, and a breath test showed he had an excess breath-alcohol level of 781mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

In explanation, the Witherlea man said he was going to get some food.

Judge Davidson also disqualified him from driving for seven months.

Bo Cavallero Wood, 37, pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving when he appeared yesterday.

The Blenheim man was stopped on December 6 at a police checkpoint on Dillon St about 10.45pm.

A breath test discovered Wood had an excess breath-alcohol level of 727mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

Judge Davidson fined him $750 and disqualified him from driving for seven months.

Hemi Smith, 20, was remanded without plea on one charge of drink-driving, one of dangerous driving and once of failing to stop for police.

The Picton man will reappear on Jan 21.

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- The Marlborough Express

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