Southland police stop driver twice in a day

A 28-year-old Eastern Southland farm worker was caught driving while disqualified twice in one day.

Hori Franklin Mihaere, 28, of Mandeville, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Gore District Court yesterday for sentence for two charges of driving while disqualified and with a breath alcohol level of 898mcg at Riversdale on January 4.

The legal alcohol limit is 400 micrograms per litre of breath.

He was sentenced to 13 months' jail, disqualified from driving indefinitely and authorised to apply for a three-year zero alcohol licence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Penny Stratford said Mihaere was stopped by police while driving a car in Riversdale. He acknowledged being a disqualified driver and said he was heading to the shops.

About 12 hours later he was driving a quad bike and was again stopped by police. He was breath tested and returned a result of 898mcg. Mihaere told police he was driving a second time because he wanted to check where the cows were, Stratford said.

The Southland Times