Drink-driver delivered two-hour tirade

Last updated 13:33 03/04/2013

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A drink driver who frightened motorists as she swerved her way through Napier spent two hours giving police "profane abuse" after they stirred her from sleeping on her steering wheel.

Raewyn Sorenson, 39, was seen speeding and swerving in her car at about 4.20pm on January 3.

During the next half-hour numerous motorists had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with her as she swerved, sped and failed to stop at intersections. Several motorists rang police and one followed her car to her home.

When an officer arrived he had to wake her up. She failed an alcohol breath test but refused to accompany the officer to the station, choosing instead to offer a "tirade of abuse". 

She was arrested and taken to the station where she recorded a blood alcohol reading of 157 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - twice the legal limit of 80mg.

She refused to offer an explanation about her offending, and instead gave "just two hours of profane abuse", according to police.

Sorenson appeared in Napier District Court this morning where she pleaded guilty to drink driving, careless driving and refusing to accompany a police officer.

Her lawyer Cliff Church said Sorenson "accepted her behaviour was crazy" but she "just snapped".

She had been under immense pressure at the time, Church said.

She had two previous convictions for careless driving but none for drink driving, he said.

Judge Anna-Marie Skellern sentenced Sorenson to 80 hours community work, disqualified her from driving for eight months and ordered her to pay analysts fees and court costs.

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