Drunk dad left kids at home

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 22/07/2014

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An Inglewood man who left his young children sleeping and drove into New Plymouth for takeaways was caught over the limit.

Pelanaise Asi, a machinist, had two previous convictions for drink-driving in 1998 and 2006.

On June 15, Asi was pulled over by police after driving out of Burger King into Courtenay St, the New Plymouth District Court heard last week.

He admitted he had been drinking while watching the rugby at home. His blood alcohol was 129mg per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

He told police he had left his two young children, aged under 10, asleep at home.

Asi's lawyer Jo Woodcock said her client's children fell asleep during the rugby and he decided to drive to get them takeaways intending to surprise them when they woke up.

Judge Allan Roberts gave Asi a final warning for drink-driving telling him next time he would be jailed. His only saving grace was the distance between his two earlier convictions.

Asi was given 150 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for a year. He was convicted and discharged on the charge of leaving a child, which was a fine-only offence.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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