Drink-driver had just left court

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 13:43 24/07/2013

Relevant offers

Crime

Ihaka Stokes suffered 'non-accidental' injury day before alleged murder Anger over Serco decision to ban Destiny Church programme from South Auckland prison Rise of sex predator female teachers: 'This is no Romeo and Juliet romance' Aggravated robbery at Waikato petrol station Woman stabbed in neck near Manurewa RSA in Auckland Jonathan Milne: Like 'em or loathe 'em, Destiny Church pastors are teaching prison inmates to take responsibility Serco bans Brian Tamaki's son-in-law from South Auckland prison SAS calling for 'integrity' in wake of Afghanistan death revelations Parents and newborn baby intercepted in desperate boat bid to reach NZ, detained in Indonesia My sweetheart the murderer: Kiwi falls in love with American prisoner serving life without parole

Just hours after he was sentenced on burglary and drugs charges, a Palmerston North man was caught drink-driving.

About midnight on May 15, Brendon Karl Webster, 22, was spotted by officers parked in the middle of Seddon St.

They put their lights and sirens on, but he led them on a high-speed chase around suburban streets.

He finally stopped on Liverpool St and was found to have a breath-alcohol level of 841 micrograms. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Judge Gerard Lynch said the timing of it all didn't escape him.

"Perhaps you were out celebrating the great result," the judge told Webster.

"It's offending like this that puts the spotlight on everyone else if you come to harm. If you plough into a tree the spotlight shifts from you to the police pursuit when you're the man who planted the boot."

On May 14, Webster was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for burglary and possessing cannabis.

When he was stopped in the early hours of the next morning, he was immediately remorseful.

Webster admitted one charge each of drink-driving, failing to stop for police and dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to three months' community detention, 90 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for one year and three months. After that he must apply for a "zero alcohol" licence.

Ad Feedback

- Manawatu Standard

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content