Curfew for drink drive pensioner

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 12:25 31/07/2013

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A Taranki pensioner has lost her car and been sentenced to community detention after driving drunk for the third time.

Elsie Merle Gray, 77, will be on a seven-day-a-week curfew from 5pm to 5am for four months, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day and had her car confiscated when she appeared in Hawera District Court today.

It was her third conviction in 10 years.

Judge Allan Roberts told the court Gray was stopped after she crossed the centre line in High St on April 17.

He said Gray became abusive toward police and was found to have a blood alcohol reading of 124 milligrams.

The legal limit is 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. 

Judge Roberts said that abuse gave an insight into her alcohol addiction.

''Without a shadow of a doubt you are liquor dependant,'' he said.

Defence counsel Rajan Rai said ongoing issues with grief lead Gray to drink and she was seeking help.

Gray was also sentenced to six months' supervision and given a three- year zero alcohol licence order.

Judge Roberts said if she appeared before him again there would be only one option.

''Next time you will go to jail. 

''I don't care if you are 100-years-old, you will go to jail.''

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