Drunk driver loses his bet with judge

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 16/07/2014

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A man who bet a judge $50 he would not re-offend found himself back in the dock only hours after he left court.

Jason Alexander Knox, 41, pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and driving while disqualified when he re-appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday.

The Stratford man was picked up by police after he was seen driving away from court at about 11am, soon after being sentenced by Judge Allan Roberts to come up if called upon in six months in relation to a June 8 shoplifting charge.

Knox told the judge during his first appearance that he had secured employment in Blenheim and would not be back in court again.

He went as far as waging a $50 bet to back up his claim.

However, shortly after leaving court Knox was pulled over by police on Hawera's High St, where he was breath-tested and returned a result of 916mcg.

The legal limit is 400.

He was also arrested for driving while disqualified.

Duty lawyer Natalie Bradley applied for bail on behalf of her client and asked the judge to give her client a chance to get his personal affairs in order ahead of his likely imprisonment.

However, Roberts declined the application. He said Knox's 11 previous convictions for drink driving and his "exceptionally high" reading meant he posed an ongoing risk to the public.

"He is still in the grip of addiction," Roberts said.

Knox was remanded in custody and will be sentenced when he re-appears on July 29.

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