Drink-drivers admit being triple the limit

Last updated 10:09 13/02/2014

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A man who drove with a breath-alcohol level more than triple the legal limit was one of three to appear in the Gore District Court yesterday who had levels of more than 1000mcg.

Neil Andrew Hamlin, 41, slaughterer, of Orepuki, appeared before Judge Michael Turner and admitted driving carelessly and with a breath-alcohol level of 1357mcg at Mataura on December 25. He was remanded on bail to April 2 for sentence.

The court was told that while Hamlin was driving on State Highway 96 he drifted onto roadside gravel, overcorrected and lost control. The car hit a sign before skidding across the road and stopping in a ditch facing the wrong way.

Hamlin later told police he had been drinking with friends for 24 hours and had not slept.

Ben Phillip Gibbons admitted driving with a breath-alcohol level of 1098mcg at Christchurch on January 11. He was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for eight months.

Daniel Stanley Ross, 37, appeared for sentence for driving with a breath- alcohol level of 1273mcg on December 29. He was sentenced to two months' community detention and nine months' supervision, fined $400, disqualified indefinitely and authorised to apply for a three-year zero alcohol licence.

The court was told that when Ross was stopped by police he admitted drinking 10 to 30 cans of beer.

Assault

Kyahni Freedom Campbell, 17, of Mataura, was remanded on bail to April 2 for sentence for assaulting a person on December 21 and breaching supervision on December 31 and January 15.

Dominique Whareaitu, 28, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for assaulting a person on December 21.

Refusing

Dylan Karl Shuttleworth-Johnston, 19, was sentenced to 120 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for eight months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero alcohol licence for refusing to permit a blood specimen on January 24.

False statement

Melanie Marie Watt, 36, cleaner, was remanded on bail to April 2 for sentence for making a false statement to police that an offence of male assaults female had been committed on December 20 and burglary between September 24 and October 11.

The court was told Watt went to the Gore police station to advise she had been assaulted by a man who she said had slapped her in the face.

Less than a month later she admitted the statement was false and said she had been angry with the man at the time.

Breach

Richard Charles Goodwin was convicted and discharged for breaching supervision on January 27 and breaching community work.

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Driving

Daniel Francis Woods, 25, sawmiller, of Mataura, was remanded on bail to March 12 for sentence for driving dangerously on January 8.

Dwayne Alexander Owen-Cooper, 32, bushman, was remanded on bail to May 28 for sentence for driving while disqualified on December 16.

Joshua David Sutton, 28, was remanded on bail to April 2 after he admitted driving while suspended on January 5.

Hori Franklin Mihaere, 28, farm worker, of Mandeville, was remanded on bail to May 7 for sentence for two charges of driving while disqualified and with a breath alcohol level of 898mcg at Riversdale on January 4.

Drink-driving

Damian Wiki Tawhiao, 20, was sentenced to 50 hours' community work, disqualified for six months and authorised to apply for a three-year zero alcohol licence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 445mcg on February 2.

Lincoln Peter Hamilton, 37, farm worker, of Wyndham, 748mcg at Wyndham on January 25. Fined $900 and disqualified for six months.

Regan Kevin Soper, 30, was sentenced to five months' home detention, disqualified indefinitely and authorised to apply for a three-year zero alcohol licence for driving with a blood alcohol level of 113mg on September 29.

- The Southland Times

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