Injured driver off road for 6 months

Last updated 13:00 01/11/2012

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A 35-year-old Tapawera man, who suffered life-threatening injuries in May after after rolling his ute on Harley Rd, Tasman, has admitted he was driving with a blood alcohol reading over the legal limit.

Glen Stebbings appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday, and was sentenced for driving with excess blood alcohol.

Prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Johnston said Stebbings rolled his ute in May and he had to cut free.

He was flown to Nelson Hospital by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter.

The Nelson Mail reported at the time that Stebbing's cries for help were heard by St John paramedic Karyn Bell, who lives nearby.

Ms Bell said she heard Stebbing's cries after getting up early for work.

There was debris on the side of the road and the ute was on its side in a fence.

She found Stebbings lying next to the ute. He was conscious, but had multiple life-threatening injuries.

Mr Johnston said Stebbings was found to have a blood alcohol reading of 84mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The legal limit for a driver aged over 20 is 80mg.

Stebbing's lawyer Michael Vesty said Stebbings was transferred to Christchurch Hospital.

He was unable to talk to police because of his injuries, which led to Stebbings spending four months in hospital.

Stebbings would have to apply for a limited licence to drive 58km three times a week to attend medical appointments.

Judge Denys Barry convicted Stebbings and fined him $400. He also disqualified him from driving for six months. He said Stebbings had a previous conviction for drink driving, but it was in 1996.

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