Drink drivers in court

A Christchurch man appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday after being caught driving more than four times the legal limit.

Jeffrey John Birtles, 42, was stopped on Budge St, Blenheim, about 5.24pm on February 8, and was found to have a breath alcohol level of 1779 micrograms per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

The interior decorator has three previous convictions for drink-driving, and was remanded until April 14 for sentence.

"Of concern is the very high level [of alcohol] and your history of very high levels," Judge Tony Zohrab said.

Jerome Aliseoni Wilson, 23, appeared on three charges on Monday, of drink-driving, disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence, and breaching a sentence of community work.

Judge Zohrab said the Riversdale vineyard worker was stopped in Scott St on June 30 about 1.04am while driving a van, which was full of his rugby mates.

He was the driver because he was the "soberest" of his friends, he told police.

A breath test showed Wilson had a breath alcohol level of 779mcg of alcohol per litre of breath.

On all three charges he was sentenced to six months' community detention, nine months' supervision and was indefinitely disqualified from driving, because it was his third drink-driving charge in a short space of time.

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