Drunk driver crashed into ute

00:00, Dec 20 2012

An Atawhai woman who crashed into a parked ute had a breath-alcohol reading over twice the legal limit and has learnt an expensive lesson.

Jenepher Vicki Gleeson, 42, admitted in the Nelson District Court a charge of driving with excess breath-alcohol.

Sergeant Graeme Eden said that on December 2, Gleeson drove into the back of a ute parked in Tui Glen Rd. She had a passenger in the car.

A breath test returned a reading of 940 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The limit for a driver aged over 20 is 400mcg.

Lawyer Mark Dollimore said Gleeson had been co-operative with police and was grateful no-one had been hurt.

She would have to pay $8000 to $10,000 for the damage to the ute. Her car, which was worth several thousand dollars, was also written off. Mr Dollimore said Gleeson was under big stress at the time and said the ute was parked a distance from the footpath.

Judge Tony Zohrab convicted Gleeson and fined her $750. He disqualified her from driving for seven months.


The Nelson Mail