Farmer jailed over repeat drink-driving

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 08/06/2012

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A Mimi farmer has been jailed for 18 months after driving drunk when disqualified from driving and when on bail for similar offending.

In New Plymouth District Court yesterday Dakota Capri Robertson, 30, admitted two charges of drink-driving and two of disqualified driving within three months.

Robertson was one of five repeat drink-drivers sentenced yesterday.

On February 19 she was stopped at a checkpoint in Waitara at 10.54am, where she blew 693mcg. She told police she drove from Urenui to Waitara to pick up her children and take them home.

On May 2 at 1.20am she was driving her boyfriend's car which was seen swerving over Mangorei Rd. She had a carful of passengers and told police she had been drinking earlier and was on her way to get more alcohol. She blew 693mcg.

Robertson was disqualified indefinitely.

David Noble, 56, an invalid beneficiary, was jailed for 18 months – his seventh prison sentence after clocking up 13 drink-driving convictions since the 80s.

Noble was stopped on February 23 in Parris St, Waitara, when he blew 481mcg.

His lawyer, Eleanor Connole said Noble's sister had died and he had some drinks then made the unwise decision to drive.

Judge Roberts said Noble, 56, had been indulged in the past with community-based sentences yet continued to run the risk to drink and drive.

It was disturbing that there were other people in the car with him that night.

He had significant heart problems which his doctor said were not helped by his drinking.

"Perhaps you won't change until you kill someone."

Solo mother Joelene Teatavua Christiansen wept in the dock when told by the judge she had jeopardised her children when she drove while drunk at 4.50pm on a Sunday after drinking alcohol the night before.

"Your drink level must have previously been through the roof."

It was her third offence. In 2011 she was convicted for drink-driving with a level of 1229mcg, the judge said.

"You were told if you appeared again you would be going to jail and a year later you are back before the court."

But Judge Roberts said it would be "cruel and heartless" to jail her given the problems she had under her own roof.

Christiansen was sentenced to four months' community detention, curfewed from 7pm to 7am, and given 200 hours' community work.

She was disqualified from driving for 15 months.

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