Drink-driver had son in car

Last updated 05:00 14/08/2013
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A woman who drove with her 5-year-old son in the car while she had an open bottle of alcohol was yesterday convicted for drink-driving.

Nicole Valerie Wheldale, 36, of Rimu, appeared before Judge Brian Callaghan in the Invercargill District Court for driving with a breath alcohol level of 860mcg on August 8.

The court was told Wheldale had been drinking and went to drive home, and police were alerted.

Judge Callaghan said the incident had brought Wheldale's drinking issue to a head. She had a harmful pattern of drinking and would drink until she blacked out.

The aggravating factor in the incident was that her son was in the car and she had an open bottle of alcohol, the judge said.

She was fined $400, sentenced to nine months' supervision and disqualified from driving for seven months.

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- The Southland Times

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