Gadsby guilty of repeat drink-driving

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:02 09/09/2011
Jon Gadsby
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Jon Gadsby will be sentenced shortly before Christmas.

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Comedian Jon Gadsby faces sentencing just before Christmas for his third drink-driving conviction after being caught driving with a very high breath-alcohol reading in June.

Jonathan Ernest Gadsby, aged 57, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level, when he appeared before Judge Alistair Garland at a Christchurch District Court sitting at the Nga Hau e Wha marae today.

The charge is laid in its aggravated form - stating he has two previous drink-driving convictions - so that heavier penalties can be imposed.

Gadsby was remanded at large to appear at the Rangiora Court House on December 21 for sentencing.
Judge Garland called for a pre-sentence report to consider his suitability for a home detention sentence.

Police said he was stopped while driving on Aikmans Road, Merivale, at 10.43pm on June 3. An evidential breath-test showed his level was 1049mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Gadsby, who is a recipient of the Queen's Service Order, admitted he had drunk three glasses of wine and one glass of beer.

He is a former editor of Christchurch's Avenues magazine which has since been taken over by Fairfax.

He has performed in, written and produced comedy on television for more than 20 years.

His most famous series, McPhail & Gadsby, ran for seven years and he was also involved with A Week of It, Issues,

More Issues, and Letter to Blanchy. He later worked on a stage version of Letter to Blanchy.

He has won Television Entertainer of the Year and been nominated for Television Actor of the Year numerous times.
Gadsby challenged police procedures when he was stopped and processed in a "booze bus" in December 2006. 

After processing he was arrested on a breath-alcohol charge which alleged that he had a level of 674mcg.

His defence that there had been too much delay by the police was rejected by Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave in a reserved decision in April 2008 and he was convicted and fined $700 and disqualified from driving for six months.

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