Drunk left lights off

Last updated 05:00 09/08/2014

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A drunk driver who had not put his headlights on and was swerving across the centre line was found to have a breath-alcohol level of 977mcg.

In the New Plymouth District Court, Dwayne Russell John Andrews,40, a floor sander, admitted dangerous driving, drink-driving and possession on cannabis on the night of August 2.

For five kilometres, he was seen weaving across city roads on his way home.

Oncoming drivers flashed their headlights at him. One followed Andrews, also flashing his lights and when he didn't stop, the driver contacted police and followed him until he arrived at his home on Ngamotu Rd.

When tested, Andrews blew 977 micrograms, more than double the legal limit for drivers over the age of 20. His licence was automatically suspended for 28 days.

Andrews admitted having cannabis which he told police he took daily for his heart condition.

His lawyer, Jo Woodcocksaid her client was gutted by his behaviour. He had heart disease and had two heart attacks in the past.

Community magistrate Sherida Cooper convicted Andrews and gave him 100 hours community work and disqualified him from driving for seven months, ordering him to attend drug and alcohol counselling.

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