Drink-drive mum in court

ROB KIDD
Last updated 12:09 13/02/2014

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An Auckland woman has admitted driving with her two young children in the car while four times over the drink-drive limit.

Kylie Antunovich, 29, was stopped by police at 6.30pm on December 30 after they received a *555 call from another driver, the Auckland District Court heard today.

The caller was following a car he said was being driven erratically on the Coatesville-Riverhead highway in Auckland's north.

Antunovich pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath alcohol.

Her lawyer Martin Hislop told community magistrate Jan Holmes his client - whose two children are aged six and eight - would enter a residential rehabilitation programme in 10 days.

She will be back in court next month for a review of her progress at the facility and sentencing will take place on completion of the course.

The court was told that on December 30 a motorist reported Antunovich's car was heading towards Albany, swerving into other lanes, and driving off the shoulder of the road.

It's alleged the car pulled into the driveway of a residential address as police arrived.

Antunovich was breath tested and the result was a level of 1568 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath - nearly four times the legal limit of 400mcg, the court was told.

Waitemata Police road policing manager Inspector Mark Fergus praised the actions of the driver who called the police.

"It's incredibly frustrating for police when anyone drinks alcohol and then drives, but it's even more gut-wrenching when we see breath-alcohol recordings as high as this, and we can only thank the man who saw the car being driven erratically and phoned us," he said.

"We need to get these people off our roads."

Applications to photograph Antunovich in court were declined because of the impact it might have on her children.

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