Nurse admits alcohol problems

19:40, May 28 2014

A New Plymouth nurse has admitted she has problems after crashing her car while driving drunk.

Patricia Myrtle Blundell, 59, pleaded guilty in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday to drink driving and careless driving following the crash at 6.10pm on May 17.

She had been driving on Courtenay St in the city and failed to stop in time, crashing into the back of a stationary vehicle stopped in a line of traffic at the lights.

While no one was injured there was significant damage to both vehicles.

Police who attended suspected Blundell of drinking and when breath-tested she blew 786mcg, nearly twice the legal limit of 400mcg.

Blundell told police she had been unable to stop in time. She said she had her last drink at 9 that morning.

Lawyer for Blundell Josie Mooney asked for a pre- sentence report for her client who admitted to having issues and was seeking counselling.

Community Magistrate Sherida Cooper remanded Blundell until July 9 for a pre- sentence report to be completed prior to her sentencing.

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