Woman too drunk to provide explanations

Last updated 07:50 20/02/2013

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A woman who refused to complete a breath or blood alcohol test was too intoxicated to provide an explanation for her actions, the Gore District Court was told last week.

Jessica Marie Priestly, 27, administrator, appeared before Judge Michael Turner yesterday and admitted failing to permit a blood specimen on December 26.

She was remanded on bail to May 29 for sentence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Priestly was observed driving at 2.50am, swerving up the road and crossing the centre line before pulling over.

Police noticed she was slurring her words and smelt strongly of alcohol. She refused to complete a breath alcohol test or to accompany an officer to the hospital for a blood specimen, he said.

She was too intoxicated to provide an explanation for her behaviour, Mr Mills said.

Lawyer Paul Gray said Priestly did not consider herself an alcoholic.

Judge Turner said Priestly was at risk of imprisonment as she had two previous drink-driving convictions.

Assault

Ryan Charles Bain, 18, meat worker, was sentenced to 40 hours community work and six months supervision for assault and threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to frighten on January 13.

Harassment

Ivan Louis Elder, 59, two years intensive supervision, 100 hours community work and ordered to pay $40 reparation for harassing a woman with intent to cause her to fear for her safety on October 4, stealing a bottle of beer on October 3, intentionally damaging a lawn mower and possessing an offensive weapon, a sledgehammer, on November 9 and wilfully trespassing on November 22.

Burglary

Matthew James Doig, 25, and Andrew Roy Carroll, 33, both of Mataura, were each sentenced to 13 months jail, disqualified from driving for one year and ordered to pay reparation for five charges of burglary, stealing $195 cash, stealing tools, bolts and washers valued at $3000, stealing a welder valued at $1500 and two charges of interfering with a vehicle between August 2 and 18.

Intentional damage

Richard William Whale, 20, farm worker, of Mokoreta, fined $830, ordered to pay $300 reparation and disqualified for six months for two charges of intentionally damaging a vehicle at Tapanui on December 23 and driving with a breath alcohol level of 532mcg at Mataura on January 18.

Threatening

Nigel James Murdoch, 44, labourer, was remanded on bail to May 8 for sentence for threatening to kill a person on October 25 and possessing an offensive weapon, namely a pool cue, in circumstances which showed an intention to use it to commit an offence involving the threat of violence on November 29.

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Disorderly behaviour

Shayden Douglas Mackenzie, 20, farm worker, of Mataura, fined $500 for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on November 10.

Benjamin Thomas Hayward, 22, of Mandeville, $700 for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on November 10 and breaching a liquor ban on January 6.

Nathaniel James Goatley, 19, farm worker, of Mataura, $500 for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on November 10. Breach Nathan James Stuart convicted and discharged for breaching community work on November 10.

Joshua David McLaren, 19, 50 hours community work for breaching home detention on January 11.

Dyllan James Geerlings, 23, 60 hours community work for breaching home detention on January 27.

Stefon Leaf Mann, 22, remanded on bail to May 8 for sentence for breaching community work on January 19 and 21.

Benjamin Marcus Paterson, 19, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on January 19.

Joseph Malcolm Spooner, 37, of Mataura, was remanded on bail to April 17 for sentence for breaching community work on February 5 and 6.

Driving

Shane Carl Uren, 43, eight months jail and disqualified for 18 months for driving carelessly and with a breath alcohol level of 826mcg at Mataura and breaching home detention on December 20.

Kincaid James O'Connor, 20, forest worker, was remanded on bail to May 8 for sentence for driving recklessly, driving while suspended and with a breath alcohol level of 737mcg.

Ngamoreheu Waipatu Wickliffe, 21, shearer, of Mataura, 75 hours community work and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended at Mataura on February 7.

Daniel James Officer, 34, forest worker, of Wyndham, was remanded on bail to May 29 for sentence for driving while disqualified at Mataura on November 30.

Gaylene Isa Welsh, 38, 50 hours community work and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified at Mataura on January 31.

Drink-driving

Robert Samuel Kerr, 27, shearer, of Riversdale, was fined $550 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 568mcg on February 6.

Dylan Thomas Batt, 21, meat worker, of Mataura, 672mcg on January 26. 150 hours community work, disqualified for eight months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence.

Ashley Brooke Ramage, 20, meat worker, of Mataura, 244mcg (under 20) on January 20. Fined $220 and disqualified for three months.

Jordan Lewis Mathew Tamakehu, 19, farm worker, 461mcg on January 11. 70 hours community work and disqualified for six months.

Daly Arne Waipouri, 21, meat worker, 607mcg on January 20. 125 hours community work, disqualified for eight months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence.

Terrance Charles De Clifford, 25, shearer, 596mcg on September 1. Three months home detention and disqualified indefinitely.

Matiu Taipu Walker, 43, gardener, of Mataura, 556mcg on November 3 and 781mcg on December 6. Nine months jail, disqualified for one year and six months, authorised to apply for a three-year zero-alcohol licence and vehicle confiscated.

- The Southland Times

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