Alleged drink driving mother appears in court
A caregiver has appeared in court for allegedly driving drunk with four children - three unbelted - in the car.
Sharlene Hinemoa Ruiha Takiari, 33, appeared in Huntly District Court on Wednesday morning charged with driving with excess breath alcohol, third and subsequent, and driving while being forbidden to drive.
Takari is also facing a charge under the Crimes Act of being a person who while caring for her four children intentionally engaged in conduct, by allegedly drink driving, which was likely to cause them injury on November 25.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years jail.
The Huntly woman, whose occupation is listed as "caregiver", allegedly blew 1105mcg of alcohol per litre of breath when she was found behind the wheel with her four children in the car around 5pm on Friday.
The result is more than four times the legal driving limit of 250mcgs.
Takiari made a brief appearance before a registrar where she was remanded on bail to reappear on December 8.
Conditions of bail include not driving a motor vehicle or consuming alcohol.