Driver crashed three times
A drink-driver crashed her car three times in Gore streets after drinking a 24-pack of beer before she was caught by police, the Gore District Court was told.
Andrea Ihepera Tiaria White, a 34-year-old meatworker, of Mataura, admitted reckless driving and driving with a breath alcohol level above the legal limit.
Judge Michael Turner said White was almost three times over the legal alcohol limit when she left an associate's place at 11pm on February 22 and began driving home in atrocious weather.
She crashed into the back of a parked car in Elizabeth St and continued driving at high speed for another 1.7 kilometres before crashing into the back of another parked car, Judge Turner said.
She travelled another 80 metres before crashing into a third vehicle, which was shunted forward 30m, the judge said.
White's badly damaged car came to rest in the middle of Robertson St. She suffered a head injury after hitting the windscreen. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
She told police she could not remember the incident and she had told a probation officer she had drunk about a 24-pack of beer before driving, the judge said.
"It's simply a matter of luck no- one was injured and it's your third [drink-driving] offence in seven years."
He sentenced White, who has children, to four months' home detention and disqualified her from driving indefinitely. Damage
Tewhataarangi Wharetaka Thompson, 26, was remanded until October 15 for sentence for intentional damage and driving while incapable in Gore on July 9.
Tyler Mark Dawson was convicted and fined $150 and ordered to pay $100 emotional harm payment to a Queenstown bar for intentionally damaging an ice sculptured dolphin in the bar on July 12.
Riki Davis Karetai, 23, was sentenced to six weeks' community detention, six months' supervision and ordered to pay $556 reparation for intentionally smashing a window at a Gore tavern on March 20.
Daniel James Williams, 25, was remanded to September 3 for sentence for dangerous driving and two counts of breaching an intensive supervision order on March 21.
Tamakehu Mathew Hill, 53, was remanded for sentence in the Alexandra District Court on September 4 for driving while disqualified.
Brent Arthur Robert Thompson, 31, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work.
Darren Ian Low, 33, was remanded to October 15 for sentence after he was caught driving with a breath alcohol level of 540mcg in Gore on May 17.
Jamie Michael Lynch, 27, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 544mcg in Gore on June 20.
Cameron John McLeod, 20, was fined $1050 and disqualified from driving for seven months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1055mcg on June 28.
Bradley Kevin McSoriley, 21, was sentenced to nine months' supervision and ordered to complete a drug and alcohol programme after trespassing at a Gore hotel on July 19.
Riki Davis Karetai, 23, was sentenced to six weeks' community detention, and six months' supervision, and was ordered to pay $556 reparation for intentionally smashing a window at a Gore tavern on March 20.
The Southland Times