Judge slams tourist's driving

Last updated 14:05 03/01/2014

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An Indian tourist was today told his driving was atrocious and he had endangered people with his dangerous driving on a southern road.

Niraj Bajaj, 31, who appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for nine months.

The court was told Bajaj, on January 2, was driving from Queenstown and heading for Milford Sound.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Bajaj was behind six cars and following closely behind, and veered out several times in an attempt to pass.

On one attempt, when he attempted to pass on the Devils Staircase another vehicle had to veer to the left and left the road to avoid an accident.

Bajaj carried on driving and near Garston he attempted another passing manouvre where a truck and three other vehicles had to break hard to avoid a crash, Mr Mills said.

When police spoke to him, he denied driving dangerously and said he was trying to catch his 3pm boat at Milford Sound.

Bajaj had been in New Zealand on his honeymoon and is scheduled to leave the country tomorrow.

Judge Phillips said his driving was atrocious and he had placed a number of people at risk on the road.


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- The Southland Times

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