Drunk and driving at 180kmh

23:30, Feb 03 2014

Matthew Henry Van Der Spuy, 27, was sentenced in the Blenheim District Court yesterday on three driving-related charges.

After a sentencing indication by Judge Bergseng, the vineyard worker admitted a charge of drink-driving, one of reckless driving and one of failing to stop for police.

Mr Single said Van Der Spuy was driving a Nissan Skyline vehicle about 2am on New Renwick Rd on January 18.

He had two passengers in the car and was clocked by an officer in a marked police patrol vehicle driving 117kmh in a 100kmh area.

The officer turned on the vehicle's emergency lights and began following the Skyline.

Van Der Spuy then accelerated in an attempt to evade police. The defendant continued driving west on New Renwick Rd, reaching Godfrey Rd before coming to the intersection of State Highway 6, west of Woodbourne. He then travelled towards Blenheim, reaching speeds of up to 180kmh.


Reaching St Leonards Rd, Van Der Spuy attempted to turn left but did not negotiate the turn very well.

The patrol vehicle caught up a short distance later, before the defendant decided to stop and pulled over.

Van Der Spuy was arrested and taken to the Blenheim police station, where an evidential breath test showed he had an excess breath-alcohol level of 848 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

The legal limit is 400mcg per litre of breath.

Judge Bergseng sentenced Van Der Spuy to 200 hours' community work, six months' supervision and disqualified him from driving for a total of 15 months.

"You get the help you need because if you keep coming back before the court, it won't matter how good you are at the job you do and your prospects, there's only one place you'll be heading," Judge Bergseng said.



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