Drink-driver injures brother, cab driver

Last updated 12:25 14/01/2014

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A Irishman who flew to Queenstown from Australia had within hours crashed a car after drinking, seriously injuring his brother and a taxi driver.

Stephen Joseph Hudson, 26, engineer, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in the Queenstown District Court yesterday on two charges of drink-driving causing injury on December 22.

Hudson arrived at Queenstown Airport at 2.30pm and later in the evening he was driving in Fernhill with his brother.

He lost control of the vehicle on a bend and crashed head-on with a taxi, causing the taxi to roll back 25 metres.

All three were injured in the crash and Hudson's brother was knocked unconscious and had to be cut from the vehicle before being airlifted to Dunedin Hospital with four cracked ribs and serious cuts. The taxi driver suffered a fractured arm and shoulder and broken ribs.

Hudson was taken to the Lakes District Hospital with a cut to his head. He discharged himself a short time later and left on foot before police caught up with him. He was later found to have a blood alcohol level of 233mg. At the time, Hudson denied being the driver.

Judge Turner ordered emotional harm reparation and pre- sentence reports for sentencing and remanded Hudson on bail until January 27. He warned Hudson that home detention was likely.

Assault

Angus Gibbons, 26, of Cromwell, was fined $200 and ordered to pay a $200 emotional harm payment for assaulting the duty manager at the Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell on December 22.

Arama Temoti Rawiri, of Auckland, was remanded in custody until today before returning to Auckland to appear in the Manukau District Court for sentence on February 11 for assault with intent to injure, three charges of assault and breaching community work in Queenstown on January 5.

Wounding with intent

Rawiri Wiremu James Dais, 20, of Wanaka, was remanded until February 11 for sentence for wounding with intent in Wanaka on August 24. The judge indicated he would sentence Dais to home detention.

Disorderly behaviour

Gareth Rhys Pasco, 34, of Frankton, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and ordered to pay a $250 emotional harm payment for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence at the Frankton Motor Camp on December 22.

Hemi Powell Mitchell, 26, of Wanaka, sentenced to 80 hours' community work and ordered to pay $1635 reparation for intentionally damaging a sprinkler system in a police cell and disorderly behaviour in Wanaka on December 20.

Rainer Brent Boreham- Vandervis, 23, student, of Dunedin, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence on January 12 in Queenstown. Robert Eric Cameron, 41, builder, was fined $250 for disorderly behaviour on December 15.

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Resisting arrest

Nicholas Ronald Askin, 19, of Dunedin, was fined $250 for resisting arrest in Wanaka on January 12.

Theft

Jimmy Headley Jackson, 37, gardener, of Wanaka, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work for stealing a $20 bottle of wine from the Wanaka Four Square on January 1.

Driving

Caleb Vaughan Pressly Peterson, 24, driver, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for dangerous driving on December 8.

Mario Andres Alviar-Almeda, 32, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified at Frankton on December 16.

Drink-driving

Katherine-Anne Roberta Janine Ashton, 31, was fined $1000 and disqualified for eight months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 1061mcg in Cromwell on December 31.

Philip Christopher Walters, 47, carpenter, 960mcg and driving while forbidden on October 5. Sentenced to two months' community detention, 100 hours' community work and disqualified for eight months.

Colin Gordon Armstrong, 53, locksmith, of Wanaka, 836mcg on January 5. Fined $830 and disqualified for six months.

Jennifer Lee Parr, 41, of Albert Town, 761mcg on December 13. Fined $750 and disqualified for six months.

Hana Vojtechovska, 31, of Wanaka, 454mcg on December 21. Fined $450 and disqualified for six months.

Vaughan Aled McKay, 18, builder, of Happy Valley in Southland, 310mcg (under 20) on December 22. Fined $300 and disqualified for three months.

Jason Michael Searle, 45, builder, of Wanaka, was fined $710 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 142mg in Wanaka on November 16.

- The Southland Times

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