Drunk driver used spare key

20:25, Aug 23 2012

A drunk Nelson woman who had her car keys taken from her by police to stop her driving was caught 10 minutes later trying to drive home with a spare key.

Amelia Leona Tutaki, 23, admitted in the Nelson District Court yesterday a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol.

Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said on August 5 Tutaki was seen next to her vehicle in Harley St, her drunk partner was with her and he was vomiting beside the car.

Mr Eden said police took her keys from her to stop her driving.

Police drove past 10 minutes and saw her in the driver's seat trying to reverse out of the carpark.

She was processed for drink driving and recorded a breath alcohol reading of 643mcg. The legal limit is 400mcg.


She told police she was driving as she needed to get her passengers home.

Judge Richard Russell remarked at hearing the summary of facts: "How daft is that?"

Duty lawyer Wayne Jones said Tutaki had three teenagers in the car and wanted to get them home.

"She accepts what she did was wrong, but she was thinking of the children."

Judge Russell said Tutaki should have taken the police advice the first time they spoke to her.

He fined her $650 and disqualified her from driving for six months.