A driver who slammed into a garage left the scene and was found with a breath alcohol reading nearly twice the adult limit.
Christopher Eric Cooper, 18, appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday and admitted charges of driving with excess breath alcohol and careless driving.
Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said Cooper was driving on Tosswill Rd at 4.30am on November 4. He failed to take a slight bend and drove over a grass verge and into a garage.
Cooper left the scene and was found by police a short distance away. A breath alcohol test returned a reading of 758mcg of alcohol per litre of breath. The level for drivers under 20 is zero.
Cooper told police he should not have been driving.
Lawyer David Holloway said Cooper left the scene as he did not have a cellphone and was trying to find someone with a phone. The offending was out of character.
Judge Tony Zohrab convicted Cooper and fined him $950 and disqualified him from driving for seven months.
- The Nelson Mail
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