Booze ban for bank smash driver

Last updated 08:40 08/01/2013
ANZ bank crash
Nelson Police

AFTERMATH: The car sits where it came to a halt inside the ANZ building.

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The driver of a car which smashed through the doors of the ANZ bank in Nelson has been convicted on four charges and ordered to not drink alcohol.

Shannon John Willi Mosen-Taku, who lives in Motueka, appeared in Nelson District Court yesterday and was convicted of driving with excess breath alcohol, reckless driving, failure to stop for police and driving while disqualified.

Prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Johnston said that on the night on December 1, 2012, Mosen-Taku was driving a Toyota car when he was seen turning left onto St Vincent St to avoid a police checkpoint. Police pursued him with sirens on, but ended the chase after speeds exceeded 90kmh. At the corner of Trafalgar and Hardy Streets the Toyota clipped the back of a taxi, mounted the curb, smashed down two bollards and crashed through the glass into the ANZ bank.

Mr Johnston said later tests revealed Mosen-Taku had a breath alcohol level of 735 micrograms per litre of breath and admitted to be being a disqualified driver. The legal driving limit is 400 micrograms.

Mosen-Taku has two previous charges of driving with excess breath alcohol and two other charges of driving while disqualified.

Judge Chris Tuohy said Mosen-Taku should not drink alcohol.

"He is a risk to the public if he has any alcohol at all, his history shows he doesn't have the discipline or self-control not to drive."

In setting the bail conditions, Judge Tuohy said Mosen-Taku must submit to a breath screening test if asked by an officer. If any alcohol was found he would be locked up as he "can't be trusted not to drive if he touches alcohol".

"Some innocent person could be killed or injured," he said.

Mosen-Taku was convicted and remanded on bail until February 18 when he will appear for sentencing. Judge Tuohy indicated that home detention was the most likely outcome.

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