Woman on ninth drink driving charge was right when she told cops 'I'm going to prison'

Judge Bridget Mackintosh heard the judge alone trial of Ray Toler in Hastings District Court in February.
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Judge Bridget Mackintosh heard the judge alone trial of Ray Toler in Hastings District Court in February.

When Leonie Hemara was pulled over while driving drunk for the ninth time she knew she'd be going to jail.

And Judge Geoff Rea ensured her expectation was met.

Hemara, 50, was driving along Wall Road in Hastings at 10pm on February 16 when she was pulled over at a routine traffic stop.

Her words to the police were "Oh no, I'm going to prison".

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She recorded a breath alcohol reading of 939 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Hemara had eight previous convictions for drink driving and eight previous convictions for driving whilst disqualified.

She last appeared in court in August, 2015, when she was disqualified for from driving indefinitely.

Hemara appeared before Rea in Hastings District Court on Tuesday morning on her latest charges.

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Rea said the "stark reality" was that Hemara "was undoubtedly looking at a lengthy term of imprisonment based on her past record and her inability of dealing with drinking and driving".

Rea declined an application for bail and she was remanded in custody until her sentencing date late next month.

 - Stuff

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