Drink-driver had just left court
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.