Ride rejection leads to drink drive charge

A Motueka man who declined a lift home by police was caught drink driving later that night with a "spectacularly high" blood alcohol reading.

Derrick Michael Herbst, 49, admitted in the Nelson District Court yesterday a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol.

Prosecutor Sergeant Chris Stringer said Herbst was seen walking through Decks Reserve in Motueka on November 25 and he was visibly intoxicated.

Police offered him a ride home, which he declined.

He was later stopped driving with a blood alcohol reading of 261mg of blood per 100ml of blood. The adult limit is 80mg.

He told police he had not done anything wrong.

Judge Tony Zohrab disqualified Herbst from driving and ordered him to do 140 hours community work.

He said Herbst alcohol reading was "spectacularly high" and he obviously had some issues with alcohol.