Final warning for drink-driver

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012

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Police received a multitude of calls from horrified motorists who saw a car weaving across the highway, New Plymouth District Court heard.

Behind the wheel they discovered a very drunk driver, 25-year-old scaffolder Kurtis-Lee Reihana Hill-Elliott.

He blew 997mcg of alcohol per litre of breath, 2 times the legal limit of 400mcg.

His lawyer, Susan Hurley, said Hill-Elliott accepted his wrong-doing. He had a few drinks after a long day at work and when pulled over was co-operative with police.

In sentencing, Judge Allan Roberts said police pulled him over at 7.15pm on April 21 on the road between New Plymouth and Stratford.

They were responding to multiple complaints from the public about his manner of driving and discovered his high level of intoxication.

"At that level, you couldn't even scratch yourself let alone drive a motor vehicle," Judge Roberts said.

It was Hill-Elliott's third drink-driving offence and at the age of 25 he was a slow learner, the judge suggested.

"You run the gauntlet and compromise the safety of other law-abiding citizens. I intended to jail you. I hope you remember that when you tip liquor down your throat next time. Three convictions are far, far too many."

Hill-Elliott was sentenced to 275 hours of community work, nine months of supervision during which he is to complete the One For the Road programme. He was disqualified from driving for one year and a day and given a final warning.

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