Former Okato pharmacist Nevil John Hislop says he is still in shock after he was pulled over at a check-point and blew 1116mcg, nearly three times the legal breath-alcohol limit.
Representing himself from the dock in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, Hislop said that when he was first convicted for drink-driving in 2004 he undertook to abstain from alcohol and had managed this "99.9 per cent of the time".
But on November 14, when on Lawry St driving home from a pharmacists' meeting about 7pm, he made an error of judgment.
"It was only my own fault."
Community Magistrate Jack Best thanked Hislop for his frankness.
Because of the high reading and second conviction for drink-driving, Mr Best sentenced him to 100 hours' community work and disqualified him from driving for nine months.
The legal driving limit is 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath for adults.
Hislop's appearance was one of 15 by North Taranaki people facing alcohol-related driving offences yesterday.
Of those 15, five were charged with their third or subsequent offences, for which the maximum penalty is jail.
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