A woman with an "atrocious" drink-driving history has avoided her third jail sentence as a reward for graduating from an intensive rehabilitation course.
Vivian Marie Warren, in her 50s, was stopped on March 28 for a random breath test in New Plymouth, blowing 904mcg of alcohol per litre of breath, nearly twice the legal limit of 400mcg.
It was her ninth drink-driving conviction and her fifth in the past 10 years during which she served two prison sentences.
In New Plymouth District Court last Thursday, Judge Allan Roberts said Warren's atrocious drink-driving convictions had caused the loss of her child and her self-respect.
Judge Roberts said Warren had put both herself and the community at risk. But he was always impressed with people who made it through the Bridge programme.
The judge sentenced Warren to a personally tailored supervision programme for 12 months during which she would attend a Salvation Army stage 3 rehabilitation group. Warren was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and a day.
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