Helping friend with a broken hand wrong move for drunk driver
When Amanda Jayne Halliday decided to take a friend sporting a broken hand to the accident and emergency department, she might have thought she was doing a good deed.
However, she was more than four times the legal alcohol limit at the time.
Halliday, 29, appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday morning on a single charge of driving with excess breath alcohol - namely 1028 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, which the shop assistant from Frankton blew when she was stopped at a police checkpoint on Anglesea St, late on the evening of December 4.
Duty lawyer Rhianna Laybourn explained Halliday had been attending a function earlier in the evening and had gone to sleep when she was woken by a friend who had broken his hand and needed medical assistance.
Halliday had readily agreed, yet it turned out to be a poor decision, Laybourn said.
She asked the court to take note that it was Halliday's first offence and there had been no driver error involved.
"Do you have a drink problem?" community magistrate Kathryn Wilson asked her.
"No," Halliday replied.
"Not at all?" Wilson asked. "That's an enormous amount of alcohol in your system for a young lady."
Wilson said Halliday and all drivers needed to be aware that alcohol could affect them for 24 and sometimes 36 hours.
Halliday was fined $1020 with $130 court costs, and was disqualified from driving for seven months.
"The limit for adults is 250 micrograms," Wilson said.
"It was nice that you were helping a friend, but your friend is going to have to drive you around for the next few months."