Drink-driver tried to pass blame to his sister

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 11:20 20/06/2014

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A man's attempt to dodge his third conviction for drink-driving has failed.

When stopped by police at 2.14am in Eltham's Conway St on June 8, Adam Whatuira tried to tell police it was his sister who had been driving and not him.

"His sister was going to take the rap as he didn't want to go to prison," said police prosecutor Sergeant Steve Hickey, reading from the summary of facts in the Hawera District Court on Wednesday.

However, Hickey said Whatuira, who has previously been convicted twice for drink-driving, quickly owned up to being behind the wheel and was found to have a breath alcohol level of 704 micrograms. The legal limit is 400mcgs.

Duty solicitor Susan Hurley asked Judge Geoffrey Ellis to impose a sentence of community work.

Ellis sentenced Whatuira to 200 hours' community work and imposed a final warning on his criminal record.

The 30-year-old was also disqualified from driving for one year and one day and will have to apply for a zero alcohol licence when he is able to drive again.

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