A man who seriously injured his passenger while drink-driving appeared in Invercargill District Court yesterday.
Hone Temoana Papuni Hokianga, 22, shearer, of Ohai, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips yesterday for driving with a blood alcohol level of 184mg causing bodily injury on June 6 near Ohai.
He was remanded to September 28 for sentence.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Hokianga had been dropped off by his sober driver who had hidden his car keys, but he found them and decided to drive. With three passengers in his vehicle, Hokianga approached a moderate right-hand bend that straightened onto a railway tunnel underpass, the prosecutor said.
Hokianga sped up, lost control of the vehicle and travelled alongside the road on a farm track and grass verge for about 131 metres. The vehicle then dropped over the bank, hitting the opposite embankment and coming to rest on railway lines, Mr Mills said.
All occupants got out of the vehicle but were assisted by emergency services, including a helicopter from Te Anau. They were transferred to Southland Hospital and one passenger suffered a serious injury, a grade 1 laceration to the upper pole of his left kidney. He also had a bruise over his abdomen and chest from the seatbelt, the prosecutor said. The other two passengers suffered minor injuries.
Hokianga told police he had consumed 24 stubbies of beer. He had expressed his remorse and apologised to his passengers, Mr Mills said.
Mark Anthony Burgess, 45, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within four months for possessing cannabis on July 21 and was convicted and discharged for breaching the liquor ban in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Judge Phillips said Burgess was in such an intoxicated state he would have been a danger to bring to court, and he excused his appearance.
Richard David Allen was remanded to November 8 for sentence for six offences of supplying methamphetamine, six of possessing methamphetamine for supply, one offence of conspiring to supply methamphetamine and one of offering to supply methamphetamine. All offending occurred between January 5 and April 12.
Hayley Mataramari Stevens, 18, was remanded to September 28 for sentence for 11 of intentional damage offences, which included shop windows, a vehicle, a power box, mirrors, a fence and walls - and two shoplifting offences, which included art supplies from Whitcoulls and various items from Farmers, on June 22 and July 23. The offences also included burglary on August 2 and failing to answer District Court bail.
Arna Frances Toheriri, 19, was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for stealing various items from Farmers on July 23.
Melanie Marie Watt, 35, was remanded to September 28 for sentence for stealing a bike on July 1 and breaching community work on July 13.
Brandon Antony McGregor, 18, was remanded to August 17 for sentence for theft, which included jeans and 25 chocolate bars , on July 28 and August 5 and two burglaries, on August 2 and 5.
Santos Reno Kirk, 17, was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and ordered to pay $676 reparation for burglary on April 24. Breach Nathan John Wallis was sentenced to 100 hours' community work for breaching community work on June 15.
Levi Riki, 27, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for breaching a protection order on June 11.
Failing to disclose
Asolupe Feomaia, 29, was remanded to September 28 for sentence for obtaining a pecuniary advantage by failing to disclose that she was working while collecting a benefit on or about March 19, 2009.
The court was told Feomaia received a $22,206 overpayment.
Jordan Donna Ormond, 19, was remanded to September 25 for sentence for driving while disqualified and supplying false details on July 7.
Paula Alice Blackford, 39, farm worker, was sentenced to 110 hours' community work for driving while disqualified at Riverton on July 21.
Luke Noel Grant, 19, of Lumsden, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months for driving with a sustained loss of traction and with a breath alco- hol level of 484mcg at Lumsden on July 28.
Hayden Aria Williamson, 20, was sentenced to 180 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 10 months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 549mcg on July 18.
Alisa Jane Frances Collins, 20, 566mcg on August 4. Sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified for six months.
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